Renewable Energy System Design & Development
£200 Million Pound Biomass Plant for Preston UK
Major plans could see a £200m green energy plant with the potential to power the whole of Preston. Developers say it will burn largely biomass waste generating low carbon electricity which could be sold cheaply to local businesses. Now residents are being invited to weigh in on plans for the privately funded Energy Recovery Facility. Longridge Road Energy Centre, earmarked for Red Scar Industrial Estate off Junction 31a on the M6, would also reduce landfill and generate jobs – 500 during construction and 40 jobs on a permanent basis
A dowry – made up of a visitor centre for the area and a £65k fund to boost local projects – would also be thrown in, said developers Miller Turner. Gregory Ewing, CEO of Miller Turner, said: “Our team has great experience of developing energy projects, including plants like Longridge Road Energy Centre. “It will use well-proven, efficient technology which is currently in operation at numerous energy recovery facilities across the UK and Europe. “The plant will operate under a strict licensing system administered by the Environment Agency.
“Red Scar is an excellent site for our proposals. The motorway and local road connections mean there is no need for delivery vehicles to go through residential areas. “The technology will ensure no odours are present outside the plant and will operate well within strict environmental regulations. “The project is a huge opportunity for Preston and Lancashire to generate stable, low carbon electricity and, in the process, help to sustain or create jobs and reduce landfill, which is relatively high in Lancashire and damaging to our environment.” The company is now running a public consultation so that locals can have their say. Mr Ewing added: “We plan to build a visitor centre for local schools, we will invest in enhancing local biodiversity and we will create a £65,000 community fund to support local projects.
“This public consultation is the first stage in our commitment to local communities and so we hope people will get in touch.” Around 60 per cent of the waste at Longridge Road Energy Centre will be biomass, making the energy that is generated from it low carbon. It would have the capacity to use up to 395,000 tonnes of residual waste per year – the waste left over from household and commercial waste after recyclable material is removed – as a fuel. The energy plant would generate up to 40 Megawatts (MW) of low carbon electricity, enough to power up to 89,000 homes. According to Preston City Council there are 63,000 households in the Preston area.Distribution will be either through the electricity grid, or via a direct connection to businesses and other major local energy users – known as a ‘private wire’.