Planning consent granted for £300m Teesside EfW facility

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Low Carbon and PMAC Energy have announced that planning consent has been granted for their EfW facility in Teesside, the Redcar Energy Centre.

Set for completion in 2025, the Redcar Energy Centre aims to divert between 350,000 and 450,000 tonnes per annum of refuse away from UK landfill. It will generate 49.9MW of low-carbon electricity for the local grid, enough to power over 100,000 homes, and deliver more than £300m of inward investment to the region.

Planning permission includes consent for the development of a Materials Recovery Facility adjacent to the Energy Centre, which will have the ability to process and recycle up to 200,000 tonnes of municipal, commercial and industrial waste each year, extracting valuable metals for recovery.

The Redcar Energy Centre will provide heat and electricity to manufacturing facilities in the local area, occupying a 25-acre site within the Redcar Bulk Terminal (RBT) on the River Tees. The project will benefit from existing strong road, rail and port links enabling for participation in both UK and European waste-derived fuel markets. 

The new facility will also offer zero emission energy from waste in partnership with the Net Zero Teesside Carbon Capture project, located next door to the site. The development expects to create hundreds of new jobs in line with the UK’s green economy ambitions, with plans to employ over 400 workers during the 36 month construction phase and over 100 full time positions once operational.

Roy Bedlow, founder and chief executive of Low Carbon said that the Redcar Energy Centre will add flexibility to the fuel and recycling supply chains and provide jobs to an area with a proud industrial heritage. He added: “Low Carbon is delighted to bring forward our third consented waste project in the UK and to use our experience in developing large-scale renewable and low-carbon energy projects to help deliver this project in the Tees Valley.”

PMAC Energy founder Robert Lewis commented: “We have used our extensive experience handling and processing waste derived fuels throughout Europe to design a flexible solution for both waste management and energy recovery to support the growing list of future developments in the neighbouring South Tees area that require renewable energy direct.”

Melissa Bradshaw

Reporter, Mark Allen Group

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