£200m pit power plan

The Southmoor Energy Centre
The Southmoor Energy Centre

MAJOR plans to build a £200m power plant at Kellingley Colliery will create dozens of new jobs across the Five Towns, according to developers.

Peel Environmental hopes to submit a planning application for the Southmoor Energy Centre – which would create 38 full time jobs and power 63,000 homes – in early 2013.

Kellingley Colliery

Kellingley Colliery

The energy facility would burn up to 28,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste a year and would be capable of producing up to 26MW of electricity. This would provide heat to the colliery and potentially to nearby businesses.

A public consultation meeting was held earlier this month at Knottingley Town Hall for residents to ask questions and find out about the project, which is estimated to take three years to complete.

Richard Barker, development manager at Peel Environmental, said: “We have developed our proposals for Southmoor Energy Centre in close consultation with colliery management and UK Coal, and have already informed the staff on site.

“If built, our proposed energy centre will operate an efficient combined heat and power system, using waste as a fuel to release energy.

“It will use up to 280,000 tonnes per year of non-hazardous residual waste including industrial, commercial and possibly household from across the region, diverting it from landfill and producing renewable energy.

“This would help to contribute to government targets, complementing coal, gas and other renewable sources as part of the UK’s energy mix and diverting the waste from landfill.

“Our scheme will also make use of existing industrial land, its excellent transport links and an existing electrical grid infrastructure which will be able to accept an additional 26MW of power without the need for any upgrades.”

An environmental impact assessment will be carried out to determine the facility’s impact on traffic, air quality, visual impact, noise and odour as part of the planning application,

Residents can also have their say as part of a local liaison committee, which will be set up to report back to Peel on public opinion of the project.

Residents wanting to be considered for a place on the local liaison group, or who would like to send comments should call the community line on 0800 170 141, e mail southmoor@peel.co.uk, or write to Freepost RSKS-SBBE-LHHZ Southmoor Energy Centre c/o PPS Group 30-32 Charlotte Street, Manchester, M1 4FD.