Resource Use

Planning permission granted for Poole EfW plant


Poole Borough Council has granted planning permission for waste treatment and renewable energy company New Earth Solutions (NES) to build a new energy recovery facility (ERF) at its Canford site in Dorset.

NES’s Canford site, near Poole, already hosts a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility that processes residual waste from Bournemouth and Dorset into recyclables and biodegradables – the latter of which is turned into refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and exported abroad.

However, the company now intends to build a 10-megawatt hour (MWh) ERF on site to utilise this RDF, and provide enough electricity to power around 20,000 homes.

The ERF will operate 24-hours a day, and will employ the same ‘New Earth Advanced Thermal’ technology (NEAT) – including pyrolysis and gasification – as that at NES’s Avonmouth ERF, which began exporting power to the National Grid in May this year.

Speaking of the decision to grant planning permission, Councilllor Philip Eades, Chairman of the Planning Committee for Poole Borough Council, said: “At its recent meeting, the Planning Committee carefully considered the application from New Earth Solutions. Planning permission was granted which removed the planning restriction requiring the removal of the buildings associated with the material recovery facility by 2035. In removing this condition the long term use of the site as a materials recovery facility is secured. This is extremely important in managing waste and recovering material, while reducing the quantity of waste going to landfill.”

‘Making the most of RDF’

NES has said that utilising this fuel ‘in-country’ can not only reduce costs, but also ‘assist the UK in meeting its target for production of energy from renewable sources set by the European Commission – 15 per cent by 2020’.

Indeed, the infrastructure development follows on from increasing industry concern that the UK and Ireland has thus far ‘failed to capitalise domesticallyon the embedded energy in residual waste’.

New Earth’s Managing Director Darren Stockley said: “By producing RDF from the waste which can’t be recycled we have successfully diverted more away from landfill. Now we need to make sure we are making the most of that RDF and have sufficient energy recovery capacity for its use within the UK. By closing this loop, New Earth is increasing the environmental value that can be recovered from all the waste it treats.”

Stockley added that the company now aims to ‘begin to roll the NEAT technology out to other facilities around the UK’.

New Earth expects to begin construction of the ERF at Canford in 2014, with operations scheduled to begin in 2015.

Read more about New Earth Solutions’s proposed ERF at Canford.