The Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility uses safe, environmentally sustainable and reliable technology to divert between 850,000 and 890,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste away from landfill each year. The facility generates up to 70MW of electricity – enough to power the site itself and around 90,000 homes. In addition, it generates 51MW of heat for use by the nearby INOVYN chemical manufacturing site.
Since becoming operational our team has steadily improved the performance of the facility, allowing us to treat more waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill and reduce the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels. This has been done with the agreement of the Environment Agency for a trial period.
Due to a combination of decreases in the energy content of the waste, improvements to the site, and fewer planned ‘outages’ for maintenance, the facility now has the ability to process more waste fuel.
While there are no planning conditions restricting the tonnage that the plant can process and no limit on the number of HGVs that can visit the site, there is, a tonnage restriction on the amount of fuel that can be brought to the site by road. The limit currently stands at 480,000 tonnes per annum of fuel delivered to the site by road.
It is proposed that Condition 1 of the current planning condition is varied to remove the tonnage restriction of the amount of fuel that can be delivered by road and replace it with a restriction on the number of HGVs that can visit the site.
There would be no other changes to the facility which would continue to comply with all other conditions incorporated in the planning consent and the environmental permit.
At the same time, we will be submitting an application to the Environment Agency to vary the Environmental Permit to increase the amount of waste that can be processed at the plant. The Environmental Permit places controls and conditions on our activities at site, and these are regularly monitored by the Environment Agency.
A community newsletter has been distributed to over 2,800 properties outlining our plans for the energy recovery facility. If you have any questions or would like to submit your views you can do so via: