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Runcorn CHP facility issued with environmental permit

Runcorn Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant in Cheshire has now been issued with its Environmental Permit – a key milestone in the project.

Phase One of the plant, being developed by a joint venture of INEOS ChlorVinyls, Viridor and Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester), will act as the final destination for 275,000 tonnes a year of solid recovered fuel, delivered under the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority household waste contract.

The SRF will be used by major chemicals producer INEOS ChlorVinyls to provide energy for its neighbouring chlorine production plant at Runcorn, feeding a new CHP plant that will produce electricity and steam. Phase Two of the project, already under construction, is being developed solely by Viridor and plans to accept waste from other commercial contracts.

Viridor Operations Director Mark Burrows Smith said: “Viridor is very pleased to reach this milestone. The Environmental Permit, which will be strictly regulated by the Environment Agency, provides assurance that the plant will operate safely and efficiently. In the six years since this project began, we have been working very closely with GMWDA, INEOS ChlorVinyls and VLGM, and these close working relationships have helped to ensure the success of the project thus far. We now look forward to the first stage of the project reaching completion in 2013.”

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