Proposal from a Dorset company for a new waste power plant in Portland


NEW plans to build a £ 105million residual energy plant in Portland have been revealed.

The proposed energy recovery facility (ERF) would be built at the Port of Portland and, according to Powerfuel Portland, the company behind the plans, would use household waste as fuel to generate 15 megawatts of energy – enough to power around 30,000 households per year.

Powerfuel Portland, a Bridport-based company, says the facility will generate electricity and hot water by incinerating waste – but using new, clean technology.

“This is not an old-fashioned mass-combustion incinerator,” said Giles Frampton, director of Powerfuel.

“Technology has evolved considerably in recent years and our energy recovery facility is cleaner, more efficient and able to use waste as fuel to produce low carbon energy.

Mr Frampton, from Beaminster, said the plant would help solve the Dorset problem by exporting its waste out of the county to be treated or sent to landfill, “at a significant cost”.

According to Powerfuel, the current supply to the Portland grid is struggling to keep up with demand, which is a barrier to economic growth.

“A lot of work has already been put into the development proposals,” added Frampton.

“I see this as a fantastic project that will help solve several key issues for the county, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, reduce carbon emissions, create local jobs and help Portland attract new businesses.”

The company hopes the facility will provide around 350 construction jobs, around 30 permanent long-term jobs and up to 45 indirect jobs.

Giles Frampton – who says he is “passionate” about the county – said the company was keen to answer any questions from residents at a public event in Portland.

They are currently consulting with residents and businesses to brief them on plans and get feedback, and aim to submit a planning application to Dorset Council next year.

“Given the nature of the project and its location, we are doing a detailed environmental impact assessment, which means the planning process takes longer than normal. So people will have ample time to understand the technology and provide feedback, ”Mr. Frampton said. noted.

A building permit has already been granted for a waste treatment facility on the brownfield site. As previously reported, a £ 35million palm oil power plant was approved in 2010, amid national outcry when protesters from across the country joined local families to oppose the plant.

The company behind the proposal was W4B Portland, but it dropped the plans due to the high cost of palm oil.

According to Powerfuel Portland, the facility they are proposing can produce “much cleaner and more efficient” low-carbon energy than the previously proposed system, thanks to new technology.

Portland Port Authority CEO Bill Reeves said, “This is great news for Portland as it will provide additional jobs and energy resilience.

Residents can find out more about the plans at a drop-in event to be held at Portland Community Venue in Fortuneswell on Thursday, December 5 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

POWERFUEL Ltd is a development company created by Giles Frampton and his business partner Steven McNab, an experienced lawyer specializing in renewable energy, environment and planning issues.

Mr Frampton said the two had “considerable experience” in developing large-scale renewable projects in the UK and overseas, and have both been dedicated to delivering low-carbon projects. of good quality.

“We are both committed to delivering good quality low carbon projects with best-in-class technologies to help the generational fight against climate change and tackle other environmental challenges,” said Mr. Frampton.

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