More details emerge about plans to build huge waste incinerator on site of Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station

By District Energy posted 08-10-2020 22:14


Nottinghamshire Live


More details have been revealed about a huge new £330 million power station which could be built on the site of the current Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station.

While the current station is coal-powered and has operated for more than 50 years, the proposed new facility would incinerate waste to create energy.

The Government has committed to close all coal-fired stations by October 2025, and developers say they ‘fully envisage’ demolishing the existing station once it is no longer in use.

The new power station would not be zero carbon, but is significantly more carbon-efficient than burning coal, and also eliminates emissions which would be created from burying waste in landfill sites.

The plant would work in a similar way to the Eastcroft Incinerator, in Nottingham's London Road, but on a significantly larger scale.

Now, plans have been submitted by Uniper - the same firm which runs the current power station - to Rushcliffe Borough Council.

With such a large installation, the application is complex and because it will process waste, a planning application has also been submitted to Nottinghamshire County Council.

It also fits into a much wider project to develop the south-western corner of Notts, which is headed up by the East Midlands Development Corporation.

It is one of three main sites which the Government-backed corporation hopes will generate growth, new jobs and energy-efficient homes in the area - the others being the Chetwynd Barracks site and the area around the proposed HS2 station at Toton.

The plan is for the new facility to burn non-hazardous commercial waste as well as that collected by local councils.

In addition to being connected to the grid, the plant is designed to be ready to provide steam to create a local heating network to new buildings built nearby, in a similar way to the London Road plant, which heats houses and businesses.

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