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Swanscombe business park could house incinerator

PUBLISHED: 10:46 09 June 2011

Artist impression of the gasification plant proposed for Manor Way, Swancombe.

Artist impression of the gasification plant proposed for Manor Way, Swancombe.

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»A £65million incinerator at a business park is one of a series of proposals for waste management and mining under consultation by Kent County Council.

Fuelled by up to 200,000 tonnes of commercial waste such as non-recyclable cardboard and wood, the gasification plant at Manor Way Business Park, Swanscombe, would take up almost a hectare and produce 22 megawatts a year, enough electricity to power 30 to 40,000 homes.

The applicant’s CEO Paul Sadler, of Teal Energy Ltd, said: “The process means that the usual pollutants associated with burning waste are never produced and can therefore never be emitted.

“Gasification is a proven, best practice green technology that produces 100 per cent renewable energy.”

The process sees fuel compressed and heated to convert to gas which is then burned to generate heat and produce electricity.

Mr Sadler said it was cheaper than landfill and the plant would create around 40 jobs.

Worries

Bryan Read, chairman of Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council’s planning committee, said: “We are waiting to see the full application before commenting.

“Areas of concern would be the environment and in particular traffic.”

The company states four or five lorries would visit the site per hour.

Mr Sadler added: “There will be no significant impact of traffic onto the local area due to the fact that the facility is to be located in an industrial region.”

Kent County Council’s consultation, part of its Minerals and Waste Development Framework, runs until July 26.

It includes a series of plans across north Kent.

The recycling centres on Rochester Way, Dartford and Pedham Place, Farningham, could be extended and a landfill site between London Road and Watling Street, Stone, could also be increased.

Pinden Quarry, Longfield, is proposed for chalk mining, and as landfill, and there are plans to mine for sand near Trottiscliffe and for sand and gravel in an area of outstanding natural beauty by Shoreham.

Documents are available at all Kent libraries, gateways and council offices as well as online at www.kent.gov.uk

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