Plans for £170m waste-to-energy plant submitted as interest ramps up from industry

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 Jan 2018

PLANS for a £170 million waste to energy plant at Immingham have now been submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council.

North Beck Energy Centre is proposed for a large site close to the eastern entrance to the port, with the capacity to generate 49.5MW of electricity from refuse, enough to power 127,000 homes. 

It is the biggest of three major schemes revealed late last year, with civic and public consultations held back in November. 

The announcement brought an incredible response, with many putting themselves forward for the 40 full time jobs that will be created, as well as companies looking to work with the team.

Ray Tucker, chief executive of North Beck Energy, said: “During our public consultation exercise, where we explained our plans, a significant level of interest was generated from organisations and people, many of them locally based and offering supply of equipment and services.

“Almost 800 visits were made to our web portal by them. This is understandable, since the centre will not only provide hundreds of new jobs during its construction and over 25 years of operational life but will also bring a much needed financial boost to the wider local economy.

“We have also had e-mails from more than 30 individuals, many of them highly qualified, seeking employment opportunities at our centre. We now look forward to our proposals being considered by the council, during the planning process.”

The local authority has received the weighty application, which contains 148 documents due to the nature and scale of the site, which includes a 90m stack from a facility roughly half that height. Consultation will run to mid-February, with a determination deadline set of April 20. 

It will be fuelled by 500,000 tonnes of residential and commercial waste annually, diverting it from landfill or export, with a 30 year life span envisaged. An average of 350 jobs will be created in the construction phase, scheduled to take 39 months, with 2022 eyed up for final commissioning, subject to planning approval. The team anticipates an annual maintenance spend of £3.5 million, with the potential to export steam and hot water for third party use. 

Taking the name from the beck that will run by it, the centre is proposed for vacant land zoned for industrial use, owned by Able UK Ltd. 

Business development director, Neil Etherington – who has just submitted plans for a major car logistics facility at South Killingholme – said: “We look forward to working with North Beck Energy and to bringing this exciting project to fruition. We have worked previously with the partners involved and have every confidence they will provide a further important element in the Humber’s emerging Energy Estuary proposition.” 

Other schemes currently proposed include a £20 million plastics reprocessing site on the former Courtaulds site at Grimsby from Australian firm Integrated Green Energy Solutions, which includes plans for a European head office too, and a £40 million tyre reprocessing facility at Stallingborough, from UK start-up Mishergas

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