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Energy recovery facility gets planning approval

Energy

Planning permission has been granted for a new 12MW energy recovery facility at Clay Cross in Derbyshire.

The new facility will be built by renewable energy developer and operator Clay Cross Biomass which is a subsidiary of clean technologies developer React.

React said that it anticipated Eqtec integrated biomass gasification technology would be used to power the plant, which is the same technology that the company is installing at its Newry biomass gasification project in Northern Ireland.

Once commissioned, the facility is expected to convert approximately 80,000t per annum of construction and demolition waste wood which is currently sent to landfill to generate up to 12MW of electrical energy. The developer said this was sufficient to provide electricity for over 18,000 homes, and up to 14MW of thermal energy per annum.

React added that it was currently in discussions to secure finance for the construction of the facility and it estimated that it would take approximately 18 months from obtaining finance to the final commissioning of the plant.

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