Reform Energy to build ‘flagship’ EfW plant in Lancashire

Reform Energy has won planning permission from Lancashire County Council to build an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Fleetwood - the first of several energy recovery projects the company intends to invest in across the Northwest.

Civil engineering work on the £40m facility is due to start shortly, with construction of the plant scheduled to be underway by the end of next year. Commissioning should be completed by the end of 2013.

According to Reform Energy, the plant will employ high efficiency combustion technology with a steam generator and turbine, and use advanced filter systems to virtually eliminate emissions. It will process predominantly commercial waste.

The Fleetwood plant will generate up to 10MW of electricity using around 80,000 tonnes of recovered commercial waste material, with heat supplied to local commercial or industrial operations. The combined recovered energy output of the plant is sufficient to meet the needs of up to 12,000 homes.

The facility will also be located alongside a recycling hub, to reduce the amount of traffic required to transport waste material. Other plans include a visitor centre and learning zone.

Reform Energy spokesperson Chris Nelson said: “We are delighted with the decision of the councillors to give the go ahead for the plant, which demonstrates their understanding of the contribution that will be made by the plant to supplying sustainable green energy.

“Reform Energy intends to use the plant as a showpiece flagship for other projects across the region. Reform Energy is also investigating opportunities to work with other partners in the area to encourage economic regeneration of Fleetwood.”

Maxine Perella

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