Site developer Reform Energy has unveiled plans for a £20m fish park in Lancashire powered by a £60m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant.
The plant received planning permission in December 2011 and work has begun to prepare the site on Jameson Road, Fleetwood. Construction is scheduled to take place during 2015 and the plant will become operational in 2017.
The plant could create up to 150 new jobs, and will safeguard those of around 600 people already employed in the fish processing business.
It will create around 40 jobs locally during its construction, commissioning and operation.
Fish processors will be offered the opportunity to move into units on the 13,000sq m development located on a 10-acre site alongside Amounderness Way, purchased from Associated British Ports.
Details of the project will be on display at a formal launch event, and public consultation prior to the next stage of the planning process is on 5 May.
Reform Energy chief executive John Potter said: “Fleetwood will become a flagship location in the UK for energy recovery technology, and we intend to use the plant as a showpiece for other generation and regeneration projects across the region.
“The energy recovery system we have chosen is designed to efficiently use waste material from commercial sources that would otherwise be sent to landfill.”
Wyre Borough Council chief executive Garry Payne said: “Reform Energy’s plant has provided a catalyst to turn the plans into a reality, providing power for the new facility at a very competitive price, as well as assembling investment for the development.
“Government funding has given it more impetus, and it is hugely satisfying to see the project get off the drawing board and become a reality.”
Finland-based EfW specialist Valmet will supply the combined heat and power technology for the plant.
The combined recovered energy output of the plant is sufficient to meet the needs of up to 8,000 homes with around 10MW of electricity. Up to 24MW of heat will be created using 80,000 tonnes of recovered commercial waste material as fuel.
The fish industry in Fleetwood generates £135m a year and employs more than 600 people. Fish caught in areas such as Scotland is prepared in Fleetwood for markets all over Britain and abroad.