Energy from Waste Scheme

Project Description: 

In 2015 TNEI carried out an Environmental Impact Assessment and submitted a planning application on behalf of Future Earth Energy for the Drakelow Renewable Energy Centre in Derbyshire. The EIA was delivered to challenging timescales dictated by the Contracts for Difference regime. 

The proposal was for a CHP ready Energy from Waste plant with an electrical generating capacity of 15 MW on the site of the former Drakelow C Power Station. The plant will use gasification technology to convert treated commercial and industrial waste (paper, card and plastics) delivered to site as a pre-treated Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). The UK produces a surplus of RDF with the majority exported to the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden for energy generation. While that demand is set to increase, a surplus of RDF is still forecast.

The gasification process would produce a synthetic gas to generate steam driving a steam turbine generating electricity to be exported to the local distribution network. The plant would be CHP ready able to export heat in the form of warm water to commercial or residential users on the adjacent consented Drakelow Park mixed use development.

The EIA process involved a high degree of stakeholder engagement with numerous pre-application discussions and meetings with the determining authority; Derbyshire County Council, South Derbyshire District Council, the local community through parish councils, public exhibitions and an existing community liaison group and with the Environment Agency. TNEI undertook industrial noise assessment and provided stakeholder engagement support prior to submission of the EfW planning application and throughout the determination and environmental permitting processes.  

The planning application and accompanying documents are available via the Derbyshire County Website; application reference CW9/0615/48.

Our proportionate and targeted approach to undertaking EIA’s allowed the ES to focus on the main, likely significant environmental effects providing justification and some more basic assessment of the other potential effects that were scoped out of the process. Elements outwith the EIA but still required to inform determination of the planning application were covered in accompanying assessment reports alongside the ES.

TNEI’s expertise in bringing together and coordinating a highly specialist multi-disciplinary EIA team and working with other disciplines ensured that the required timescales were met while still producing a full and robust EfW Environmental Impact Assessment to inform the scheme design and the decision making process. This lead to the plant gaining planning consent at local level in October 2015.

TNEI is providing further support during the life of the planning application and throughout the complex environmental permitting process.


Key Facts: 
Client: Future Earth Energy Limited  
Timescale: Ongoing  
Status: Consented  
Services Provided: EIA Coordination, noise assessment, planning strategy and support, stakeholder engagement support, grid connection, socio-economic impact assessment.