A planning application to build an energy from waste (EfW) facility at a working North Yorkshire coal mine has been submitted by Peel Environmental.
The proposed Southmoor Energy Centre would be based at Kellingley Colliery in Beal, North Yorkshire. It would use around 280,000 tonnes a year of industrial, commercial and household waste to produce 26MW.
It would also provide combined heat and power for the coal mine. The company said it expected up to 38 full-time jobs would be created if the scheme goes ahead.
Peel Environmental announced in September last year it wanted to build on the site. Last year it was also forced to re-draft plans to turn a former coal mine at North Selby into an anaerobic digestion facility, after the initial project was blocked because it would breach noise limits. The new plans were recently approved by City of York Council.
Director Myles Kitcher said: “Following closely behind our recent success with our plans for the former North Selby mine site in York, we’re hopeful that North Yorkshire County Council planning committee members will also recognise the benefits of this scheme.
“As with all of our projects, we believe that the Southmoor Energy Centre maximises local benefits through its co-location with an intensive energy user, Kellingley Colliery, and the use of an existing industrial site.”