Lostock energy-from-waste facility
Tata Chemicals Europe is continuing to undertake work so that the Lostock energy-from-waste facility may proceed in accordance with the planning consent granted on 2nd October 2012. This includes the discharge of planning conditions and design development.
The Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant
The Lostock energy-from-waste facility, known as the Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant (SEP), will recover energy from the residual waste left over after re-usable and recyclable material has been removed. It will divert this residual waste away from landfill and generate enough non-intermittent renewable electricity to power in the region of 125,000 homes consistently throughout the year, thus contributing to urgently-needed baseload national generating capacity.
2012 Planning Consent
On 2nd October 2012, the then Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) granted consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, to Tata Chemicals Europe and Eon Energy from Waste, to construct and operate a 60MW energy from waste generation station. The Secretary of State directed, under section 90(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, that planning permission for the facility be deemed to be granted.
The consent reference number is 12.04.09.04/35C. You can download the Consent Letter here. All of the application documents are available via the Council website (reference 10/00691/DECC): https://pa.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=KZUB0MQP00400&activeTab=summary
Discharge of the Pre-commencement Planning Conditions
The consent includes 36 conditions. The process for the discharge of planning conditions is governed by section 27 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 (see http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/595/article/27/made).
Tata Chemicals Europe discharged all pre-commencement conditions prior to commencing the development in late 2017. The scheme details for the discharged conditions, as submitted to and approved by the Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWACC) and can be viewed on the CWACC website: https://pa.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/online-applications/propertyDetails.do?activeTab=relatedCases&keyVal=MN5LEKTE00600
CWACC have confirmed the implementation of the consent granted on the 2nd October 2012.
2018 Section 36 Variation Application
Tata Chemicals Europe has submitted an application under Section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989. The application seeks to vary the Section 36 consent, and associated Section 90 deemed planning consent, that was granted on 2 October 2012 by increasing the power output of the SEP from 60MWe to up to 90MWe (gross).
The Variation Application does not seek any changes to the approved design and layout and does not affect the previously reported environmental impacts. The increase in power output is possible due to the identification of more efficient equipment now available, as well as changes to the fuel composition as a result of changes in recycling rules.
Documents forming the 2018 Variation Application are available below to download:
- Newspaper Notice
- Document 1: Application Cover Letter
- Document 2: Explanatory Memorandum
- Document 3: Compliance with Regulation 3 ‘Content of variation applications’ of The Electricity Generating Stations 2013 Variation Regulations schedule
- Document 4: Consultee Schedule
- Document 5: The Section 36 Consent and deemed planning permission 2nd October 2012
- Document 6: The Planning Obligation by Deed of Unilateral Undertaking under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, dated 30th November 2011
- Document 7a: A ‘track change’ version of the S36 Consent showing the proposed changes
- Document 7b: A ‘clean’ version of the S36 Consent showing the proposed changes
- Document 8a: A ‘track change’ version of the S90 deemed planning permission showing the proposed changes
- Document 8b: A ‘clean’ version of the S90 deemed planning permission showing the proposed changes
- Document 9: Site Location Plan Ref: Figure 1.1 May 2011
- Document 10: Application Site (red line) Plan Ref; Figure 1.2 May 2011
- Document 11: The Lostock SEP Section 36C Variation Application Supporting Statement and appendices
- Document 11, Appendix 8 : May 2011 Environmental Statement
- Variation Application Consultation Responses
- Applicants Response
- Further Variation Application Consultation Responses
- Further Applicants Response
- Late Consultation Responses provided by BEIS on 9 April 2019
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Lostock energy-from-waste facility?
The Lostock SEP will recover non-intermittent renewable electricity from approximately 600,000 tonnes per year of refuse-derived fuel which is the residual waste after re-usable and recyclable economically viable material has been removed. The facility is therefore complementary to recycling, recovering renewable power from the residue that has no other means of disposal than landfill. Currently, the consent allows the SEP to generate up to 60MW of electricity. If the Variation Application is granted, this will increase by 30MW to a total of 90MW (gross).
Why is there a need for the Lostock SEP?
The UK needs more renewable energy power stations as its old coal-fired plants are being wound down and decommissioned. At the same time, too much waste is still being sent to landfill or exported to Northern Europe, when it could better be used to recover electricity and heat here in the UK. The need for the energy-from-waste facility was established at the public inquiry and judicial review and is now beyond legal challenge.
What about the REnescience waste plant?
The Lostock SEP is entirely separate from the REnescience (Orsted) plant, which is fuelled by municipal household waste. It uses an enzyme process to produce a bioliquid for anaerobic digestion, from which it creates biogas which generates about five megawatts of renewable electricity. Its by-products include refuse-derived fuel (RDF) which can be used for energy generation. The two projects are not linked or dependent on each other.
When the REnescience planning application was made, CWACC took into account the planning consent previously granted to the Lostock SEP, including the likely traffic movements when both plants are operational before consent was granted to REnescience,so the council has planned for both facilities.
What are the benefits of the Lostock energy-from-waste facility?
The benefit of the Lostock SEP is that it produces renewable electricity all day long, throughout the year, and is therefore non-intermittent, unlike solar and wind power. The Lostock SEP can turn the waste into heat for Tata Chemicals Europe and electricity for in the region of 125,000 homes.
What happens next?
Having had all the pre-commencement conditions discharged by CWACC, work on site has now started. Prior to construction of the SEP itself, an extensive demolition and enabling phase of works need to be completed including:
- Asbestos removal;
- Replacement and relocation of key electrical and water treatment facilities;
- Replacement and relocation of offices, workshops and storage facilities; and
- Demolition of the redundant coal fired power station.
These works have now commenced and demolition is likely to take place in 2019.
Is E.on Energy from Waste still involved?
No. Tata Chemicals Europe has acquired E.on Energy from Waste's interest in the project.
How will the Lostock SEP be built?
The Lostock SEP will be built in a single build programme starting with site clearance and diversion of services, through to final construction and completion tests of the whole plant to enable receipt of the waste fuel and commissioning.
The construction activities (referred to as phases) are summarised in our scheme details submitted to and approved by CWACC pursuant to the discharge of pre-commencement planning condition 5: Construction Traffic Management Plan which can be viewed on the Cheshire West and Chester Council planning website.
How long will it take?
Approximately 12 - 18 months to divert the services which cross the site and demolish the old power station, and then three years to build the facility.
Who will build the facility?
Discussions are ongoing with potential contractors for all stages of the works.
The Environmental Permit application states the facility will be developed in two separate phases. Is this still the case?
No. The Environmental Permit application was submitted by our former partner E.ON Energy from Waste in August 2012. It was always the intention to construct the Lostock SEP buildings in one go, however the Environmental Permit application did propose a two phase approach to the installation of the power generating lines within the building.
This was E.ON’s proposal at the time, but this is no longer necessary. The project will be built in one go in accordance with the planning consent. The Permit does not prevent the two lines coming on line together.
Has the Liaison Committee been formed?
The Lostock SEP Local Liaison Committee (LLC), as required to be formed by the S106 Unilateral Undertaking, was set up prior to the commencement of development in July 2017 and meets on a quarterly basis, and as otherwise required. The LLC comprises representatives of the community, local businesses, elected members, the Local Council and Tata Chemicals Europe.
The First meeting of the LLC took place on 24th August 2017.
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