Viridor has announced that on appeal to the Planning Inspectorate the restriction on deliveries by road of refuse derived fuel (RDF) to the Runcorn energy from waste facility has been lifted.
Halton Borough Council rejected an earlier the application made by INEOS ChlorVinyls to allow Runcorn energy from waste facility added “flexibility” to transport RDF by road.
The council’s decision meant that the amount of RDF that could be transported to the facility by road was restricted to 85,000 tonnes, despite original planning application for the facility expressing the plant would need to deliver up to 480,000 tonnes by road when it was submitted in 2007.
The restriction now being lifted means Viridor can increase the amount of RDF brought to the facility by road to a maximum of 480,000 tonnes a year.
Runcorn will be one of the largest energy from waste plants in Europe.
Once fully operational, it will be capable of generating up to 70MW of electricity and up to 51 MW of heat, producing vital energy from up to 850,000 tonnes of RDF each year.
The total project represents a £452m investment in Runcorn, creating around eighty permanent jobs within the facility as well as having employed over 1100 people during construction.
Commenting on the decision, Viridor director of external affairs, Dan Cooke, said:
“We are pleased with this common-sense decision. This is a safe and sensible balance that will significantly boost the local economy, provide a cost-effective solution to local businesses and councils, and ensure that the facility can operate at maximum capacity.
“Viridor remains committed to maximising the amount of fuel that can be transported by rail to Runcorn. We appreciate local concern about traffic levels and would therefore point out that the result of this application equates to just a 0.2% increase of current local traffic movements. We will of course also enforce local routing agreements.”