Biomass facility planned for St. Albans

County councillors in St. Albans, UK, have approved a biomass plant.

If the facility receives planning permission from the Secretary of State it will be built on EQ Waste Management’s composting site, which has spontaneously combusted numerous times in previous years.

EQ’s director Adrian Lupson received a £17,000 (€20,220) fine in 2009 after management of the plot was deemed below the standards required.

The new facility will convert an annual supply of wood waste into 6MW of electricity, all of which will be supplied to the National Grid.

As well as the construction of a new biomass plant, which is scheduled to run for 24 hours a day, the facility will include a wood waste stockpile area.

While St. Albans council objected the proposal of the new plant on the grounds of environmental damage to the Green Belt and congestion caused by lorries entering and existing the site, the HGVs will only operate during normal working ours of 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am until 1pm on Saturdays and received no objections from Dacorum Council.

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