Fleetwood waste burning power plant plans revealed

A plan to generate electricity from burning commercial waste at a plant in Fleetwood has been submitted to Lancashire County Council.

The £40m energy recovery plant is planned for the waste handling site on Jameson Road.

Reform Energy, the company behind the scheme, said it would generate enough power to run more than 12,000 homes.

The plant, which would create 50 new jobs, could be open by 2013, if the county council gives the go-ahead.

A spokesman for Reform Energy, said the plant was not an incinerator and there would be no smell from it.

"It is like the difference between a bonfire and a modern multi-fuel boiler," he said.

'Green fuel'

He added: "It is extremely clean and a lot of work has gone into reducing carbon emissions to next to zero."

He also said the plant's green credentials were enhanced by the fact that the waste would otherwise be placed in landfill sites.

The scheme includes a visitor centre and "learning zone", allowing the public and local schools to view the processes that recover energy from waste.

There are plans for similar plants at four other venues in the North West.

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