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£170m waste-to-energy plant plan revealed for Immingham

A £170 million new waste-to-energy plant proposal has today been unveiled for Immingham, with the potential to create 40 long-term jobs and a construction bonanza

£170m waste-to-energy plant plan revealed for Immingham

The proposal, brought forward by developer North Beck Energy, would generate virtually 50MW of electricity, enough to power 80,000 homes.

In the envisaged three-year build-out phase, 350 construction workers would be employed. 

A 13-acre plot on industrially zoned land close to the eastern entrance of the port has been identified, as it looks to make use of refuse-derived fuel, much of which is either landfill bound or already exported for overseas power generation. It could handle half a million tonnes a year.

James Baker, who lives in northern Lincolnshire, is development director at North Beck Energy and specialises in logistics and supply chain management. He said: said: “Our privately financed project will create 40 permanent jobs at the new centre which, after tax, will provide a combined employment income of more than £1 million per annum in today’s money over its 25 years of operation.

“An average of 350 people will be employed on site during the three-year construction phase. This is all good news because this income will go directly into the local economy, in a disadvantaged area which badly needs more jobs and investment. 

“In addition, the local supply industries will benefit from substantial investment in the local economy.”

It follows plans revealed yesterday for an £80 million plastics-to-fuel reprocessing plant and European headquarters from Australian-based Integrated Green Energy Solutions, for part of the former Courtaulds site in Grimsby.

Civic leaders have been briefed on the waste-to-energy proposal today (Thursday, November 16), with a planning application expected to be submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council by early 2018. 

Based in the Isle of Wight, North Beck Energy’s chief executive is Ray Tucker, who makes a return to the Humber six years after looking to establish similar scale biomass generation in Immingham and Hull. Under the name Real Ventures, it struggled to gain renewable energy subsidy support, an element this new proposal bypasses.

A public consultation exercise has now opened, with a dedicated website launched giving details of the project and the opportunity for members of the public to make comments.

Mr Baker said the pre-treated feedstock would be brought to the site by road in lorries with enclosed trailers, approaching from Stallingborough Interchange, avoiding Immingham town centre, with access via Queen’s Road.

Loads will be discharged within a specially designed, enclosed and sealed unloading hall within the centre’s main building where negative air pressure will prevent any odours and dust particles escaping.

Emissions will comply with the strict requirements of the EU’s Industrial Emissions Directive, and enforced by the UK’s Environment Agency through a permit. This will involve installation and operation of state-of-the-art flue cleaning and monitoring technology.

Proposed for a site within the South Humber Bank ecological mitigation area, a financial contribution is also outlined to aid the local authority in delivering strategic mitigation measures.

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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