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UK based and recycling company, Viridor – a part of the Pennon Group (LSE: PNN) – has confirmed that it has successfully appealed against the restriction to 85,000 tonnes maximum on road deliveries to its 850,000 tonne per year Runcorn Energy from Waste Facility near Manchester.

The company said that following its successful appeal to the Planning Inspectorate regarding the restrictions on deliveries by road of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) to the Runcorn, it will now be able to receive some 480,000 tonnes per year by road – as per the original planning application for the facility originally submitted by INEOS in 2007.

According to Viridor, the restrictive and unusual condition, planning condition 57, was imposed on the £452 million project 2008.

The company added that the Runcorn facility will be one of the largest and most efficient waste to energy plants in Europe, and once fully operational will generate up to 70MW of electricity and up to 51 MW of heat.

“We are pleased with this common-sense decision. This is a safe and sensible balance that will significantly boost the local economy, provide a cost-effective solution to local businesses and councils, and ensure that the facility can operate at maximum capacity”, commented Viridor director of external affairs, Dan Cooke.

Cooke added that Viridor remains committed to maximising the amount of fuel that can be transported to the facility by rail.

“We appreciate local concern about traffic levels and would therefore point out that the result of this application equates to just a 0.2% increase of current local traffic movements. We will of course also enforce local routing agreements,” said Cooke.

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