10 MW Waste to Energy Facility Approved in Lancashire

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Reform energy 10 MW Waste to Energy Facility Approved in Lancashire12 December 2011

Construction of a 10 MW waste to energy facility in Fleetwood, Lancashire is due to commence early next year, following the approval of Reform Energy's proposals by Lancashire County Council.

A meeting of the County Council's Development Control Committee approved the plans subject to confirmation of additional details of the development and conditions relating to areas such as the appearance of the plant and its thermal and sound insulation performance.

The company claimed that the combined heat and power (CHP) facility will be the first of its kind in the UK, employing sophisticated high efficiency combustion technology with a steam generator and turbine, and use advanced filter systems to virtually eliminate emissions.

According to Reform Energy the facility will use around 80,000 tonnes of recovered commercial waste material, and will produce substantial heat that will be supplied to local commercial or industrial operations.

The £40 million plant is located alongside a recycling operation, which the company said will help cut traffic and divert waste from landfill to instead be used as fuel for the energy recovery facility.  

The plans for the sire also include a Visitor Centre and Learning Zone, which the company said will allow the public and local schools to understand the process that recovers energy from waste, and how it fits with local and national policies on energy, waste and the environment. 

According to the company the Fleetwood facility is the first of a number of projects that it has planned across the north west of the country and it expects commissioning of the facility should be completed by the end of 2013.

Spokesman for Reform Energy, Chris Nelson said:  "Reform Energy intends to use the plant as a showpiece flagship for other projects across the region.  Reform Energy is also investigating opportunities to work with other partners in the area to encourage economic regeneration of Fleetwood."

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