The proposed facility will cost £40 million and will create 20 jobs and a training and visitor centre at the site. Residents can visit the centre on May 16 and May 17.
The EfW facility will process up to 80,000 tonnes of residual waste to generate electricity for around 10,000 homes, as well as heat for local industry. It would use a patented Energos gasification system, which is currently in use at six Energos facilities in Norway and Germany, and soon to be commissioned on the Isle of Wight. The firm has recently been granted permission to construct its second UK plant at Irvine, Scotland.
A planning application will be submitted by June 2008.
Image: Knowsley artist's impression of EfW plant