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Large-scale EfW on the cards for Lancashire

A £200m energy-from-waste facility is being proposed in Lancashire that could power a large city.

The Longridge Road Energy Centre (LREC) project would take 395,000 tonnes a year of residual and commercial waste and convert it into 42MW of electricity, enough to power up to 108,000 homes.

Developers said diverting his amount of waste from landfill and creating energy from it will save 77,000 tonnes a year of C02. 

Electricity will be provided by private wire directly to commercial and industrial customers locally and any surplus will be sent to the national grid.

Investment and infrastructure firm Miller Turner has lodged the planning application with Lancashire County Council for the site at the Red Scar Industrial Estate, east of Preston.

A six-week public consultation was completed earlier this year. The project will create 500 jobs during construction and 40 permanent jobs once it is operational. Miller Turner said it expected the ’private wire’ electricity supply may attract new employment to the area.

Chief executive Gregory Ewing said: “Our experienced team has a well-established track record of successfully delivering sustainable energy projects, just like LREC.

“We have made every effort to tailor the plant to the local and regional market. The location of the site offers significant opportunity for local businesses and employment as well as assisting Lancashire in diverting residual waste away from landfill.

“We are therefore extremely confident in the proposition we have developed and really look forward to bringing the plant online.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • What a nonsense.

    The whole project could be converted to make Biofuels - Methane and Hydrogen - at barely £150 Million, and have far better carbon credit potentials.

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  • Derby and Derbyshire councils made the same mistake and are bitterly regretting the Derbyshire high-carbon plastics/biomass/biowaste/resources incinerator and accompanying contract.

    Mass balance reveals more energy wasted, than the tiny amount created. They are purely for disposal and the contracts set up, destroy reduction, reuse, recycling and composting, as they rely on increasing tonnages of 'calorific' and 'organic' materials, for destruction. That's not residual waste, so they 'procure' the recyclables instead, destroying 3Rs.


    Should be renamed 'energy-to-waste'

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