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Wirral approves Biossence revised EfW project

A revised planning application for a £180m energy-from-waste plant has been approved by Wirral Borough Council.

Biossence was first granted permission to build the Hooton Park Sustainable Energy Facility in 2009. The scheme includes a mechanical heat treatment plant, a material recycling facility, a combined heat and power plant and a gasification facility.

In March, the company proposed an alternative development layout to use more advance gasification technology, which would allow the facility to produce around 20MW more electricity than previously planned, 49.9MW per year.

The council’s planning committee has now approved the proposal, saying: “The development represents an important option in the waste management cycle with sustainability benefits to landfill for which there are reducing opportunities.”

The facility will process 400,000 tonnes of municipal waste from the council and from “third parties.” It will produce 284,000 tonne of refuse derived fuel.

The rest will be subject to a gasification process which would generate a synthetic gas which would in turn be used to generate electricity.

Some of it will be used to power the plant itself, and approximately 43.6MW would be exported to the national grid providing enough electricity for 103,400 homes a year.  

Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2017.

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