Corby Energy Recovery Centre given green light
Plans for an energy recovery centre (ERC) in Corby have been approved by Northamptonshire County Council.
Using moving grate technology, which allows for combustion without prior sorting or shredding of waste, the proposed facility on Shelton Road will process up to 260,000 tonnes of residual waste and refuse-derived fuel per year.
This will generate 23MW of electricity per year – enough to meet the energy needs of most of the homes in Corby.
It will be managed by renewable energy firm Corby, which is now looking to secure fuel supply agreements, select a technology and EPC provider, and progress with funding. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.
Charlie Vavasour, spokesperson for Corby, said: “Corby and Northamptonshire are currently not able to treat their local waste, which is exported outside of the county.
“As a combined heat and power plant, the facility will be able to provide local businesses with electricity cheaper than they would otherwise get from the National Grid, ensuring Corby remains competitive against other locations for further investment and job creation.”