Corby Recycling & Renewable Energy Facility: project update

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Project Update

14th January 2015

Our energy from waste and recycling facility on Gretton Brooks Road has planning permission, and when it enters commercial operation in approximately two years’ time, will operate in accordance with the relevant environmental regulations and planning conditions. 

We intend to source and recycle as much commercial and industrial waste as possible from within the Corby area and from others parts of Northamptonshire and we are in talks to do so. Much of the waste that our facility will process, which is capped by Northamptonshire County Council at 120,000 tonnes per annum, would have been destined for landfill.  Our facility will therefore deliver in three ways: generate renewable electricity, recycle materials for alternative use and avoid waste being sent to landfill.

For commercial reasons and to give us greater flexibility when the plant starts running, we may however need to source additional waste from outside the county.  We have therefore sought permission from Northamptonshire County Council to allow us to do this.  The application, which is open for public consultation until February 5th, does not require us to increase vehicle movements to and from the site, nor does it seek to increase the plant’s capacity.

We are close to arranging the project’s financing and, all being well, we aim to start construction in the second part of this year.  60 permanent new jobs will be created, on top of the 200 jobs needed during construction.  The scheme will potentially generate electricity for up to 18,000 homes and could provide heat and energy to nearby commercial units.

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Planning permission for the project was secured from Northamptonshire County Council in 2009 and enacted last year. The facility is wholly separate from the Brookfield project earmarked for an adjacent site.

Drenl’s facility will use the latest materials sorting technology and an established and advanced thermal treatment process known as gasification. Gasification is a process that involves waste being heated to high temperatures to a produce a gas called “syngas”.  This is ignited and the hot gases used to create steam; the steam is used to turn the turbines to generate electricity.  The process is approved by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Bouygues Energies and Services UK, part of one of Europe’s major construction and energy service companies, has been selected to build and operate the facility.