3 December 2019 by Claudia Glover

Energy firm announces Dorset EfW plans

Dorset-based energy company Powerfuel Portland has announced plans to build a £100 million Energy from Waste (EfW) plant on an industrial site on the Isle of Portland in Dorset.

The company explained that the proposed facility would be able to sort and treat up to 180,000 tonnes-a-year of refuse derived fuel (RDF), generating 15MW of “partially renewable low carbon energy”.

According to a statement from Powerfuel Portland, the RDF would be composed of commercial, household and skip waste after the recyclable materials are removed.

An artist’s impression of the proposed facility

The company describes itself as an “independent developer of low carbon projects”.

The proposed location for the plant is an existing brownfield site on industrial land owned by Portland Port, which already has planning permission for an energy plant which would have used either vegetable oil (including waste oils) or waste rubber crumb from tyres.

According to a spokesperson at Powerfuel Portland, the ERF plant that it is now proposing would produce “low carbon energy much more efficiently than the consented scheme”.

If built, the ERF plant will enable Dorset’s waste to be managed in a more sustainable way, according to the company.


Steven McNab, a director at Powerfuel Portland said: “There is currently a shortage of waste treatment facilities in Dorset and many tonnes of waste is exported out of the county to either be treated elsewhere or sent to landfill”.

If given the green light Powerfuel claims that the ERF plant will provide Portland Island with 350 construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs on site. Direct power supplies to local companies could also be made possible.

Steven McNab and his co-director and co-founder Giles Frampton founded Powerfuel Ltd in January 2019. Both have an extensive background in sustainable energy development.


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