26 June 2013

Bradford gasification plant to gain planning extension

Planning permission for an energy-from-waste (EfW) and gasification plant on Ripley Road looks set to be extended by Bradford metropolitan district council this week three years after it was first granted approval.

Warrington-based energy firm Energos was originally granted planning permission for the facility by the council on April 6 2010 (see letsrecycle.com story), but this expired on April 5 2013 as permission is time limited.

According to Energoss application, the development has been delayed due to uncertainty in the financial markets and more time is still needed to obtain funding.

An image of the proposed Energos facility in Bradford

An image of the proposed Energos facility in Bradford

The firms latest application seeks planning approval for a further three years and a council report will now go before a meeting of the Regulatory & Appeals Committee on Wednesday (June 26) recommending planning approval for the development on the 2.3 hectare site.

The proposed plant will have the capacity to process 160,000 tonnes of residual municipal and commercial non-hazardous waste per year on the site of the former Solaglas factory on Ripley Road, West Yorkshire, which closed in 2007 and has since been demolished.

It is expected to recover around 14.9MW of electricity, of which 12.85MW would be exported to the National Grid enough to power 22,600 homes. According to the planning report, around 8.35MW (65%) of this will be renewable energy generated through treating biomass.

The facility will employ around 45 staff and up to 200 jobs are expected to be created during the plants two-year construction period.

Greenhouse gas

Energos also estimate that the facility would result in an overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 91,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Another EfW plant in Bradford was previously planned for Bowling Back Lane by the Pennine Resource Recovery Consortium, which would have processed around 193,000 tonnes of waste per year and powered 20,000 homes. However, Defra withdrew 62.1 million of waste infrastructure credits for the project earlier this year and the project was cancelled, with Bradford and Calderdale councils launching an application to the High Court in May 2013 for a Judicial Review of this decision (see letsrecycle.com story).

According to Energos, however, even if the Bowling Back Lane facility was constructed, there would still be an estimated shortfall of 441,000 tonnes of residual waste requiring treatment from Bradford and Calderdale by 2020, emphasising the need for the Ripley Road EfW plant.

Energos managing director, Nick Dawber, said: This decision is effectively about extending the planning application. We are all aware that in the volatile market at the moment it is very hard to fund a merchant facility, but we hope when that inertia ends we will be able to move forward with this facility.

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