Exhibition Press Release
28 November 2016
Consultation Event for New Energy Recovery Facility at Buttington Quarry
A new energy recovery facility (ERF) is being proposed at Buttington Quarry to provide heat and electricity to homes and local businesses. Powered by residual, non-recyclable waste, the plant would secure the future of the former brickworks site and quarry for long term employment use and contribute to environmental targets.
Residents are being invited to come to the event taking place on Wednesday 7th December to learn more about the proposed development and to have their say on what the facility will look like and to hear their views.
We need to look at better ways of dealing with our non-recyclable waste. The proposed ERF would process around 100,000 tonnes of processed, non-recyclable waste, which would otherwise be sent to landfill. It would produce around 9MW of electricity and provide heat and hot water to nearby businesses.
The development represents an investment of £80million in the area and would generate enough power to supply the needs of around 8,000 homes in the region. The project would also provide a range of benefits to the local economy:
• Approximately 100-150 personnel will be employed on site during the two year construction phase
• Long term commitment to the local community with up to 30 permanent skilled jobs during plant operation
• Additional contract opportunities during construction and operational phases
• Indirect economic benefits to local businesses
The energy recovery facility would act as an anchor development for an eco-business park, a separate development being proposed at the quarry site. Renewable heat in the form of hot water could be supplied to tenants at the future eco-business park and the nearby Offa’s Dyke Business Park.
A full environmental impact assessment is being undertaken as part of the planning process. .A planning application will be submitted to Powys County Council in the coming months, once plans have been finalised having taken account of feedback from the local community and stakeholders.
Outline details of the proposals will be unveiled to local residents and businesses at the public exhibition to be held Wednesday, 7th December in the Conference Suite of the Welshpool Livestock Sales, Buttington Cross Welshpool between 2pm to 8pm. Members of the project team will be available to discuss the proposals and answer questions. In addition residents and local organisations can call the Freephone number (0800 169 5290) with further queries or visit www.broadenergywales.co.uk.
Further details are available from Carole Riley Remarkable Pendragon 0800 169 5290
Notes to editors
About Broad Energy (Wales) Ltd
Broad Energy (Wales) Limited is a special purpose company that has been established to develop the proposed energy recovery facility, this independently owned and operated facility will form a key anchor delivering long term cost effective and efficient energy and heat services as part of the wider plans by the owners of Buttington Quarry to create a sustainable eco-business park.