Boston Alternative Energy Facility (BAEF) has a launched the second phase of public consultation for its plan for a gasification plant served largely from a river.
It hopes to build a plant in Boston, Lincolnshire, capable of taking up to a million tonnes – equivalent to one-third – of the UK’s refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and generating 102MW of renewable energy, of which 80MW would be exported to the National Grid with the rest used by the facility.
Under BAEF’s plans, bales of feedstock would arrive by ship on the adjacent river Witham, where they would be unloaded on to a wharf, transferred to the facility for processing and then sent for gasification.
The remaining ash would be treated in a kiln to form an aggregate for the construction industry, which would be removed by ship.
Depending on the outcome of the consultation, the company intends to make a planning application later this year.
BAEF has estimated the project would provide 300 construction jobs and 80 permanent ones.