Planning permission granted for £300 million waste-to-energy facility
05 February 2021 | 2 min read
We’re delighted to announce that we have secured planning permission for the new £300 million state-of-the-art Redcar Energy Centre, a joint venture between PMAC Energy and Low Carbon Limited.
The Redcar Energy Centre which is set for completion in 2025 will generate renewable and low carbon energy from circa.450,000 tonnes of residual waste or RDF each year diverting it from landfill and export to provide sustainable energy and waste management for the benefit of the UK economy. The Energy Recovery Facility will generate up to 49.9MW of electricity enough to power over 100,000 homes. It would also enable recycling through the Materials Recovery Facility and Incinerator Bottom Ash Recycling Facility now consented.
Dominic Noel-Johnson, Investment Director at Low Carbon said; “Obtaining planning consent is a major milestone for the Redcar Energy Centre. It provides a platform for the next stage of investment for the centre which, once constructed, will provide a reliable source of controllable energy for more than 100,000 homes. RPS did a fantastic job getting us to this important stage.”
Rob Lewis, Director at PMAC Energy said; “We initiated discussions with Redcar Bulk Terminals back in 2016 to develop the site into a low carbon energy centre, so we’re excited to now be in a position to see this project come to life. RPS provided a comprehensive service overcoming a number of complex challenges along the way in a pragmatic and sensible fashion.”
Covering a 10 Hectare brownfield site within Redcar Bulk Terminal adjacent to the River Tees it benefits from excellent strategic road, rail and port links. In addition, it is anticipated that it will provide dispatchable energy to the advanced manufacturing and engineering projects planned in the South Tees Development Corporation area via private wire and CHP, and has the potential to offer zero emissions in partnership with the Carbon Capture and Storage projects planned in the region.
Andrew Stevenson, Director – Planning, RPS said; “RPS is delighted to have led the preparation of the planning application, including the entire suite of Planning and EIA, environmental assessment, design and engineering services for this ambitious project. It will deliver low carbon and renewable energy in the largest employment site in the UK, significant employment opportunities in the local economy, and an important stimulus for a Green Recovery. Our National Planning and Infrastructure team worked collaboratively with the planning authority and consultees, and provided consenting advice which forged pragmatic solutions to the issues raised, whilst driving the project forward to deliver on its consenting strategy and another fantastic outcome for our clients.”
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