22 October 2009
By Staff Copy
A NEW power plant in Featherstone will create electricity from renewable sources after planning chiefs gave it the green light.
Rocpower Ltd's application for biomass generators in a steel industrial unit on Common Side Lane was approved by Wakefield Council planners on Friday.
The generators will create eight mega watts of energy and the plant will begin to produce electr ty using biofuels next year.
Robert Kennedy, managing director of Rocpower, said commissioning work at the plant would start in November.
He added: "The plant under construction at Featherstone will produce electricity using fuels that fully satisfy the Office of the Gas and Electricity Market's (OFGEM) requirements.
"We will be using second-generation biofuels that are co-products from, for example, the paper production and food industries.
"We are making substantial long-term investments in the field of renewable energy. The plant is a small power plant but its contribution to CO2 reduction will be significant."
Biofuels used by the plant will come from both in and outside the UK but will be traceable to meet OFGEM requirements.
Work to remove old hardstandings at its Featherstone site, which was previously a primary sub-station, has already started.
Rocpower is planning six biomass projects in Yorkshire.
Volunteer-led campaign group Biofuelwatch is objecting to the schemes over concerns about the environmental impacts of biofuel electricity.
In a letter to Wakefield planners about the Featherstone scheme, the group said the 'wider environmental, climate and social impacts of such a power station would thus be very substantial' and asked for the application to be referred to a planning committee.
Rocpower says there will be site supervision with continuous monitoring of the generators as its headquarters and project team are in Castleford.