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Renewed plans submitted for UK EfW facility

UK-based Northacre Renewable Energy Limited (NREL) has submitted a renewed planning application for a proposed energy-from-waste (EfW) facility.

The firm, owned by the Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, a UK independent power producer, and The Hills Group, a Wiltshire-based waste management firm, submitted the application for its proposed £200 million (€222 million) EfW plant, which has been updated from gasification to a conventional moving grate combustion process.

The project will turn thousands of tonnes of the region’s household and business residual waste into low-carbon energy, rather than burying it in landfill. A spokesperson for NREL said: “At a time of significant economic uncertainty, the Northacre facility represents a £200 million (€222 million) investment in Wiltshire’s economy with enough low-carbon electricity generated to power 54,000 homes.

“The proposed technology with established supply chains and improved deliverability will enable us to provide a responsible solution for this residual waste while generating much needed low-carbon electricity.

“We take our local responsibilities extremely seriously and will continue our high level of engagement with all stakeholders, including local communities, to ensure any concerns are addressed appropriately.”

NREL estimates that the proposed plant will process around 243,000 tonnes of residual waste, much of which will be collected locally. The facility is expected to have a generating capacity of 25.6 MW and produce around 201,000 MWh/year, enough to meet the average domestic power requirements of just over 54,000 homes.

Once operational, the plant will support 40 permanent, skilled jobs. During construction, there will be around 450 construction workers employed.




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