Blueprint submitted for new £20m incinerator

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PLANS have been drawn up to build a £20 million incinerator on an industrial estate in Sheffield.

Sheffield Council has received proposals for a combined heat and power plant on Holbrook Industrial Estate, in the south-east of the city.

The biomass plant would burn recovered timber, such as demolition wood, and would produce 33,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity each year.

Developers are planning to sell recovered heat to council district heating schemes or private consumers.

Blueprints for the Community Renewable Energy Centre have been drawn up by new business Mediena Ltd and its trading arm UYE (UK) Ltd.

Stephen Brooks, director of Mediena, said: “Sheffield has had a great reputation for delivering innovative renewable and green energy projects for the last 25 years. We see this project as being a way of extending that great reputation for the next 25 years.

“We have been quietly working on this project for the last two-and-a-half years and a considerable amount of research has gone into refining our plans for this and other similar developments across the country.”

The firm has raised a six-figure sum from a consortium of private individuals to secure planning and environmental consent.

A planning application has been submitted but has not yet been ratified by planning officers. Developers hope building work will start later this year, with a completion date in 2013.