Peel Environmental has said it remains committed to delivering its Bilsthorpe Energy Centre, after a further delay in the planning process caused by the failure of another major scheme.
As exclusively reported by MRW, communities secretary Greg Clark has delayed his decision on Bilsthorpe because of concerns that its 95,000 tonnes a year plasma gasification plant uses similar technology to Air Products’ Tees Valley project, scrapped on 4 April.
Clark’s letter, sent on 12 April, told stakeholders they had until 26 April to comment on any implications that Air Products’ withdrawal could have for the Nottinghamshire site (pictured) so that he could make a “fully informed” decision.
Now Peel Environmental development manager Richard Barker has said the company will respond to Clark’s letter before the deadline and “remains committed” to delivering the centre.
Meanwhile, UK Without Incineration Network national co-ordinator Shlomo Dowen said his organisation will be providing evidence to Clark linking the Bilsthorpe proposals to the failed Air Products facilities.
“What we don’t want is Bilsthorpe to be a half-constructed shell of an incinerator that doesn’t work with a company that cannot afford to pay to have it removed,” he said.
“We will be pressing for a bond or some sort of arrangement that anticipates a failure. I think it is fair to say it is more likely than not that the facility won’t work.”
He added that his organisation hoped the application would be refused, partly because he believes it would qualify as a disposal rather than recovery facility.