Lostock energy-from-waste facility
Tata Chemicals Europe is undertaking the discharge of the planning conditions so that the Lostock energy-from-waste facility may proceed in accordance with the planning consent granted on 2nd October 2012.
The Lostock EfW Facility
The Lostock energy-from-waste facility will recover energy from the residual waste left over after re-usable and recyclable material has been removed. It will divert this residual waste away from landfill and generate enough non-intermittent renewable electricity to power in the region of 125,000 homes consistently throughout the year, thus contributing to urgently-needed baseload national generating capacity.
On 2nd October 2012, the then Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) granted consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, to Tata Chemicals Europe and Eon Energy from Waste, to construct and operate a 60MW energy from waste generation station and directed, under section 90(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, that planning permission for the facility be deemed to be granted.
The planning consent reference number is 12.04.09.04/35C. You can download the Consent Letter here.
Discharge of the Pre-commencement Planning Conditions
During the public inquiry, detailed design information about the facility was provided to, and was discussed by, the Inquiry. This information was assessed by the Planning Inspector and found to be acceptable. The Inspector's proposed planning conditions were then adopted and incorporated into the letter confirming the decision of the Secretary of State.
At paragraph 1.4 the decision letter stated, "As part of the Inquiry process the Inspector prepared a set of planning conditions. All the main parties to the Inquiry were given the opportunity to comment on and feed into these conditions. These conditions form the basis of the conditions of deemed planning permission attached to his decision letter at Annex 1."
The schedule of conditions attached to the letter includes 36 conditions of which 13 are to be discharged before works on site can commence. The process for the discharge of planning conditions is governed by section 27 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (see). The powers required to determine applications for discharge of planning conditions have been delegated by Cheshire West & Chester Council (CWACC) to its planning officers.
As agreed with the CWACC planning officers, Tata is submitting each of the pre-commencement conditions separately. All the applications for discharge of the planning conditions, including mitigation measures, are based upon the plans and proposals submitted to the public inquiry. Once the conditions have been discharged, work will commence on site clearance and demolition of the old buildings on the site.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Lostock energy-from-waste facility?
The Lostock energy-from-waste facility will recover 60 megawatts of non-intermittent renewable electricity from up to 600,000 tonnes per year of refuse-derived fuel which is the residual waste after re-usable and recyclable economically viable material has been removed. The facility is therefore complementary to recycling, recovering renewable power from the residue that has no other means of disposal than landfill.
Why is there a need for the Lostock energy-from-waste facility?
The UK needs more renewable energy power stations as its old coal-fired plants are being wound down and decommissioned. At the same time, too much waste is still being sent to landfill or exported to Northern Europe, when it could better be used to recover electricity and heat here in the UK. The soda ash which Tata produces at its Lostock works uses a lot of energy, so having a source of reliable renewable energy on-site is a sensible way of controlling this important element of operating costs and will help Tata remain competitive. The need for the energy-from-waste facility was established at the public inquiry and judicial review and is now beyond legal challenge.
What about the REnescience waste plant?
The Lostock energy-from-waste facility is entirely separate from the Dong REnescience plant, which is fuelled by municipal household waste. It uses an enzyme process to produce a bioliquid for anaerobic digestion, from which it creates biogas which generates about five megawatts of renewable electricity. Its by-products include refuse-derived fuel (RDF) which can be used for energy generation. The two projects are not linked or dependent on each other.
When the REnescience planning application was made, CWACC took into account the planning consent previously granted to the Lostock energy-from-waste facility, including the likely traffic movements when both plants are operational before consent was granted to Dong. So the council has planned for both facilities.
What are the benefits of the Lostock energy-from-waste facility?
The benefit of the Lostock energy-from-waste facility is that it operates all day long, throughout the year, producing renewable electricity which is therefore non-intermittent, unlike solar and wind power. The Lostock energy-from-waste facility will turn the waste into heat for Tata and electricity for in in the region of 125,000 homes.
What is happening now?
Tata is applying to discharge the pre-commencement conditions now because it is committed to the development of the facility so that it can realise the benefits that the energy-from-waste facility will bring to its business. Once the conditions are discharged, work will start on the site clearance and demolition of the old coal-fired power station and the diversion of the existing site services to their new locations.
Is E.on Energy from Waste still involved?
No. Tata has acquired E.on Energy from Waste's interest in the facility.
How will the facility be built?
The facility will be built in a single build programme consisting of 13 distinct construction activities starting with site clearance and diversion of services, through to final construction and completion tests of the whole plant to enable receipt of the waste fuel and commissioning.
The construction activities (referred to as phases) are summarised in our application to discharge pre-commencement planning condition 5: Construction Traffic Management Plan which can be viewed on the Cheshire West and Chester Council planning website:
How long will it take?
Approximately 12 - 18 months to divert the services which cross the site and demolish the old power station, and then three years to build the facility.
Who will build the facility?
The facility will be built by Baumgarte Boiler Systems GmbH, of Bielefeld, Germany, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JFE Engineering Corporation, of Japan. Baumgarte has designed and built more than 90 waste-fuelled plants, of which 15 use refuse-derived fuel. The demolition and civil engineering works will be undertaken by John Sisk & Son Ltd, of Dublin, Ireland.
The Environmental Permit application states the facility will be developed in two separate phases, is this still the case?
No. The Environmental Permit application was submitted by our former partner E.ON Energy from Waste in August 2012. It was always the intention to construct the Lostock EfW buildings in one go, however the Environmental Permit application did propose a two phase approach to the installation of the power generating lines within the building.
This was E.ON’s proposal at the time, but this is no longer necessary. The project will be built in one go in accordance with the planning consent.
What happens next?
The site clearance and demolition of the old power plant and diversion of the old site services will start after the pre-commencement planning conditions have been discharged.
When will the Liaison Committee be formed?
The Liaison Committee will be established after completion of the demolition works and before the commencement of construction, in accordance with the Section 106 Agreement. Tata will be a member of the committee and other members will be appointed in accordance with the procedures to be agreed with CWACC.
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