Northamptonshire County Council yesterday (17th March 2015) approved Drenl’s application to enlarge its catchment area for sourcing and delivering commercial and industrial waste to its proposed energy from waste and recycling facility at Gretton Brooks Road, near Corby.
James Brathwaite CBE, Executive Chairman of Drenl, said: “We welcome the County Council’s decision. Rest assured, it is our wish to source the waste for our facility from as near as possible to Gretton Brooks; it makes obvious business sense and it’s an important point that has been overlooked by some. Our scheme will help Northamptonshire move away from landfilling its waste.
“We will liaise closely with the County Council, Corby Council and other agencies during construction and operation to ensure that this modern facility runs efficiently, with as little local impact as possible.
“Subject to financing, it is our intention to start construction before the end of the year, with the facility likely to enter operation in 2017. Construction is likely to take around two years.”
The £80m facility will create around 60 full-time permanent jobs once it enters commercial operation.
The facility will generate renewable electricity for 18,000 homes in the region, recycle materials and divert waste that would normally be destined for landfill, thereby playing a key part in delivering the County’s waste management strategy. It also offers the potential for renewable heat and power to be offered to local businesses.
- The energy from waste and recycling plant had previously secured planning permission (in 2009 and enacted in 2014); it will be built as planned and will operate in accordance with the relevant environmental regulations and planning conditions. The facility will have a generating capacity of 10MW.
- Drenl sought permission to extend the catchment area (to 90 minutes’ drive time from Corby) for commercial reasons and to give it greater operational flexibility when the facility starts running. The permission given yesterday does not provide for an increase in vehicle movements to and from the 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.