Two energy-from-waste facilities could be built very close together because a council has decided to run its own plant for domestic waste. Plans for a 65,000 tonne capacity energy-from-waste plant have been proposed by Peterborough City Council despite existing plans for a 650,000 tonne merchant energy park nearby.
The council intends to process domestic waste at the smaller plant at Fourth Drove, Fengate, which it will own and manage. This latest proposal is part of the councils waste strategy which will include two new materials recycling facilities and a facility to process kitchen food waste.
The company behind the energy park, Peterborough Renewable Energy Ltd, first submitted its plans in 2002. PREL claims it could process the councils waste at no charge to residents.
Managing director Chris Williams said the park could offer this deal to the council because it would profit from commercial processing and selling high quality end products, and save the council money through LATS savings.
The decision not to use PRELs Energy Park, at Storeys Road, Fengate, has been described as political by some residents.
One resident MRW spoke to put the councils decision down to the council wanting to control its own destiny.
Commenting on the council plans, cabinet member for the environment Wayne Fitzgerald said: European Union and UK laws mean we must take urgent action to end our reliance on landfill for household waste disposal.
This integrated waste and recycling strategy supports Peterboroughs Environment Capital bid and will strengthens the citys leading reputation in the recycling and waste management sector.
Fitzgerald said that recovering energy-from-waste had been a priority identified during public discussions about Peterboroughs option.
Williams said: We are happy to work with the council and take up the slack of any excess material from them in future. The council has told us that they want to build and operate the [65,000 tonne] facility, although we have been offered the opportunity to advise and bid for the supply contract to build the plant.
He said PRELs energy park was still under planning consideration. But added, he expected a favourable verdict on the plans from the Department for Energy and Climate Change Secretary of State Ed Miliband early next week.