Palm Paper’s plans to build a new gas turbine generator are a “nail in the coffin” for the controversial King’s Lynn incinerator, a local MP said.
The Norfolk paper mill, which had been lined up to receive steam from the planned Cory Wheelabrator Willows EfW plant, has confirmed speculation it will build its own generator.
The EfW project is facing a public inquiry after local government secretary Eric Pickles called in Norfolk County Council’s plans.
The proposed 260,000 tonne, 20MW facility faces widespread opposition form district councils, local MPs and residents. Ministers received nearly 6,000 letters opposing the plant.
An inquiry into the planning application, chaired by a planning inspector, is due before the secretary of state makes the final decision.
North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham told the local press Palm’s decision to build a 162 MW- Combined Cycle Gas Turbine was a “significant nail in the coffin” for the incinerator.
He said: “I think it is hugely significant. They’ve clearly given up on Cory Wheelabrator.”
John Boldon, spokesman for the Cory Wheelabrator consortium said: “We respect Palm Paper’s approach, which is entirely understandable given that the proposed Willows Power & Recycling Centre is about to go through a Public Inquiry.
“CCGT is one option, but steam from our facility would be another if planning permission is granted.”