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Plans for Peel energy-from-waste plant shrink by a third

Peel Environmental has shrunk its plan for an energy-from-waste facility in the North-west of England.

Its original proposal for a 95 MW facility was granted approval in 2009 but the company has now reduced this to 35 MW due to “market conditions”, according to Construction News’ sister publication MRW.

There is no contract in place with a local authority or business to provide the plant’s 350,000 tonnes a year feedstock but the company said “options are being explored” in the region and it could process either household or trade waste.

The company plans to submit a planning application for the facility in the coming months, with construction expected to start in 2017.

A company spokesperson said: “It has been reduced in size simply to reflect current market conditions - 95 MW was a very large facility, and the smaller option is based on the expected market in the region.”

The plant will be built on a 51 ha development site called Protos, previously called Ince Resource Recovery Park, with work to construct a 20 MW biomass facility and enabling infrastructure already underway.

Peel is working with Covanta, who continue to hold an interest in the EfW plot at Protos with a view to securing a renewed partnership for delivery of the project.

Over 300 jobs are expected to be created during construction and up to 40 permanent positions once the facility is operational, with the wider Protos scheme set to deliver over 3,000 jobs.

The site also recently became part of the new Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone, which will offer incentives such as business rates support and enhanced capital allowances to encourage further investment.

Protos development director Jane Gaston said: “In addition to £170m announced at our start on site, this deal represents further significant investment into the northern economy.

“Protos will become an energetic environment where innovative businesses can sit alongside renowned research facilities and industry. Having this energy facility, and the biomass facility under construction, as anchor developments is a real boost for this approach.”

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