Cumbria County Council has given permission for an incinerator project near Carlisle to use traditional energy-from-waste (EfW) technology rather than follow its original plan to use gasification.
Applicants energy firm Fortum Carlisle and landowner Kingmoor Park Properties originally proposed the project in April 2016, (pictured) when they applied to build an £80m EfW plant at the Kingmoor Park Industrial Estate.
In their fresh application made last week, the companies sought permission for a change from gasification to conventional moving grate technology, along with alterations to the structure of various buildings.
Cumbria’s planning report said the change from gasification to burning was caused by changes in the design process and by the scheme’s failure to secure a Contract for Difference within the national bidding process in 2017.
Under the new application, the plant’s maximum annual throughput of 250,000 tonnes with a capacity of 25MWe would be higher than the original application for 195,000 tonnes and 22MWe.
A Cumbria statement said: “The committee approved the application, but a formal decision will not be issued until the secretary of state has considered whether to call in the application for his own determination.”
Large-scale gasification plants have struggled in the UK, following the high-profile failure of Air Products plants in Teesside.