Take note Barbadians, a 120,000t/yr plant failed to secure planning approval in Glasgow. What makes this case interesting was the proposed scale of the plant and the level of environmental planning AND the infrastructure to support air quality in that locale. The debate continues in Barbados whether gasification is the best technology for a 166 sq ml island to adopt. The minister of the environment Denis Lowe and his Cabinet colleagues (including minister Donville Inniss) have been sold on the technology and a Cahill solution. But what do the experts say?
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While a number of major projects are underway globally, many argue that when traditional thermal treatment is able to achieve such high efficiencies, gasification is complex and unnecessary. WMW asked some experts for their thoughts on the subject
Glasgow waste gasification plant rejected
24 February 2016 by Luke Walsh , Be the First to Comment
UK: Proposal to build 120,000t/yr facility failed to secure planning consent
The South Street Energy Recovery Facility could heat schools and industry
A plan to build a waste gasification plant in Glasgow has taken a hit after the developer was refused permission by the city’s council’s planning committee.
On 23 February, the committee went against its planning department’s recommendation of granting planning consent subject to some conditions, and turned down the 120,000 tonne per year facility.
Documents prepared for the committee show it received 950 representations related to the application for the South Street Energy Recovery Facility. All were against the project.
Developer WH Malcolm, also known as the Malcolm Group, wanted to build the facility on its existing waste processing site that is currently permitted to deal with 495,000t/yr. The site’s overall waste capacity would not have changed if the plant was given planning consent.
According to the planning application, South Street would process 120,000t/yr of waste that is currently sent to landfill. The site currently also exports refuse-derived fuel (RDF).
The developer had, when the project was first revealed in March last year, identified a variety of residential and industrial heat users up to two kilometres away. To receive government subsidies, Scottish EfW plants must meet a quality standard for combined heat and power (CHP).
In South Street’s case, this would have necessitated supplying at least 9.5MW of heat, on top of exporting an expected 11MW electricity.
It is another blow to the development of energy recovery capacity in the region following the news last year that a 1.5t/yr facility would not proceed.