New waste-to-energy plant proposed for Cardiff

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Cumbria County Council assigns Cardiff site to energy recovery plant

Two resource and energy companies have confirmed that they hope to submit a proposal to Cumbria County Council within the next few months for a waste-to-energy plant to be built in Cardiff.

The plant would be constructed in the county’s Kingmoor Park, which has recently been given the status of Enterprise Zone. This means that companies who choose to base their business at the park can now benefit from business rate reductions of up to £250,000 over five years, as well as super speedy broadband and hassle-free planning application.

Cardiff to be the home of a new waste-to-energy plant

A sketch of the proposed Versus and Fortrum waste plant

British energy firm, Verus Energy, is to partner with Finnish counterpart, Fortum, to build the proposed £80 million energy recovery plant. The purpose of the waste-to-energy facility is to recycle municipal waste in order to create energy, which will power the National Grid, and thus supply the local area with electricity.

The waste must burn for at least two seconds at more than 850C, in order to meet with EU and UK regulations, said Tim Jervis, a director at Verus. Mr Jervis added that local residents and business must not be concerned, as the plant will not create odours or toxic waste.

Versus is holding a meeting between 4pm and 8pm on Wednesday, May 4, which can be attended by local residents who want to find out more about the proposed energy recovery plant.

Cumbria County Council has already allocated the site at Kingmoor Park for use as a waste facility in its ‘Minerals and Waste Local Plan’ report. If the proposal from Versus and Fortum was to be approved and accepted, construction could start next year for operations to begin in 2019.

A spokesperson for Versus said: “Cumbria County Council has allocated the site for the development of an energy recovery facility and our proposals will take this allocation forward into a full planning application. The proposal will create local employment, divert waste from landfill and generate electricity and heat in a sustainable manner.”

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