South Humber Bank Energy Centre Project
EP Waste Management Ltd (EPWM), a subsidiary of EP UK Investments Ltd (EPUKI), is proposing to apply for consent to develop an energy from waste (EfW) power station with a gross electrical output of up to 95 megawatts (MW) on land at the South Humber Bank Power Station (SHBPS) site, South Marsh Road, near Stallingborough in North East Lincolnshire. The EfW power station will be known as South Humber Bank Energy Centre (SHBEC).
EPUKI acquired the SHBPS site from Centrica in 2017. The SHBPS site includes a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station with a gross electrical output of around 1,365 MW, a cooling water pumping station and areas of undeveloped land. SHBEC will be built on undeveloped land within the boundary of the SHBPS site to the east of the CCGT power station (the ‘Site’).
EPUKI owns and operates a number of other power stations in the UK. These include Langage Power Station, a CCGT power station near Plymouth in Devon; Lynemouth Power Station, a biomass fuelled power station in Northumberland; and power generation assets in Northern Ireland. EPUKI also owns sites with consent for new CCGT power stations in Norfolk and North Yorkshire.
SHBEC will provide approximately 50 permanent jobs, create around 600 jobs during construction and be capable of operating for around 30 years. It represents a significant investment by EPWM in North East Lincolnshire (approximately £300 million) and follows a recent major investment by EPUKI in the existing CCGT power station to extend its operational life.
April 2019 Planning Permission
Full planning permission was granted by North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 on 12th April 2019 (the ‘Planning Permission’) for the construction of an EfW power station at the Site with a gross electrical output of up to 49.9 MW (the ‘Consented Development’). A copy of the Planning Permission and the approved documents and plans can be viewed here.
EPWM is in the process of undertaking detailed design work on the Consented Development. The submission of information to discharge the planning conditions attached to the Planning Permission has already begun and it is anticipated that applications to discharge the conditions regarding the approval of the detailed design of the EfW power station will be submitted to NELC during Q1 2020. EPWM anticipates commencing construction of the Consented Development later in 2020.
Development Consent Application
Since the Planning Permission was granted, EPWM has been assessing potential opportunities to improve the efficiency of the Consented Development and is now proposing an EfW power station with a gross electrical output of up to 95 MW at the Site (the ‘Proposed Development’). The Proposed Development will require some additional works at the Site (additional to those covered by the Planning Permission), however, no changes are proposed to the maximum building dimensions and fuel throughput that were approved by the Planning Permission.
As the Proposed Development will have a gross electrical output of more than 50 MW, it is classed as a nationally significant infrastructure project (a ‘NSIP’) under the Planning Act 2008, which requires development consent from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy before it can be constructed and operated. EPWM anticipates submitting its application for development consent toward the end of Q1 2020.
Prior to submitting any application for development consent, EPWM will carrying out pre-application consultation in accordance with the Planning Act 2008. The consultation will involve the local community and a number of other stakeholders and will commence on 29th October 2019 and run to the 13th December 2019. A number of consultation events will be held during this period, details of which are provided below.
Tuesday 12th November, 12:30pm to 5:15pm. Europarc Innovation Centre, Innovation Way, Europarc, Grimsby DN37 9TT.
Wednesday 13th November, 1:15pm to 5:30pm. Stallingborough Village Hall, Station Road, Stallingborough, DN41 8AP.
Thursday 14th November, 2:30pm to 8pm. Healing Manor Hotel, Stallingborough Rd, Healing, Grimsby DN41 7QF.
Comments can be submitted by filling out a comments/feedback form at one of the consultation events. For those unable to attend a consultation event, the consultation materials can be accessed on this website via the ‘Development Consent Order Application‘ page. Responses to the consultation should be made no later than the 13th December and can be made by:
Post: SHBEC Consultation, c/o DWD, 6 New Bridge Street, EC4V 6AB
Further information on how EPWM will consult the local community can be found here.
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