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Backing for energy from waste plant in Lancashire

Plans for a £40m energy-from-waste plant in Lancashire have been approved.

The developers, Reform Energy, say the plant will be the first in the UK to employ “sophisticated high efficiency combustion technology with a steam generator and turbine”, and will use “advanced filter systems to virtually eliminate emissions”.

It will use 80,000 tonnes of commercial waste a year to produce 10MW of electricity as well as heat that will be supplied to local businesses. Reform Energy say the combined recovered energy output of the plant is sufficient to meet the needs of up to 12,000 homes.

Lancashire council approved the plans, which include a visitor centre and learning zone subject to confirmation of controls over appearance, and sound and thermal insulation. Construction of the facility is due to begin at the Fleetwood site early next year.

Reform Energy spokesperson Chris Nelson said: “Fleetwood will become one of the leading locations in the UK for energy recovery technology and Reform Energy intends to use the plant as a showpiece flagship for other projects across the region

“The energy recovery system chosen by Reform is designed to efficiently use waste material from commercial sources that would otherwise only be disposed of to landfill.

“Sophisticated technology and management of the site by our expert team will mean little or no local impact but enormous benefits in terms of green energy and new employment.

“Two issues dominate the green agenda: reducing waste going to landfill and delivering more energy generation from sustainable resources. This plan uniquely meets both those requirements.”

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