25 September 2012 - Overturning a previous city council permission refusal, the Planning Inspectorate has given the go-ahead for a £133 million mechanical biological treatment (MBT) and gasification plant in Sinfin Lane, Derby.
Resource Recovery Solutions of Derbyshire, a subsidiary of Shanks, proposed the project to treat residual waste under its 27-year contract with Derby city and Derbyshire county councils. The facility will be developed in partnership with Interserve and the gasification technology is being supplied by specialist Energos.
The initiative will involve the extraction of recyclable materials from residual waste in order to produce solid recovered fuel. This will then be fed into the gasification process where it will be transformed into gas used for combustion.
Once completed, the facility will operate to a 190,000 tonnes-per-year capacity – it represents an important component in the councils’ strategy for diverting waste from landfill, but has until now been plagued by planning delays.
Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Technology & Recycling, Councillor John Allsop, commented: “It is bad for the environment and expensive for tax-payers with £12.8 million in landfill tax currently being paid by the city and county council each year. We’ll be meeting with RRS and Derby City shortly to discuss progressing the plans.”