New Energy from Waste power station planned for Slough wants your feedback
Feedback is being sought on plans for ANOTHER new ‘Energy from Waste’ power station, in central Slough. However, little detail has been provided on the air quality impact.
SSE is intending to submit a planning application to Slough Borough Council for a new multifuel Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant of up to 50MWe – enough to power up to 111,000 homes.
The Slough Heath and Power (SHP) site in Slough Trading Estate has been used for power and heat generation purposes since the 1920’s. In 2008 SHP was sold to SSE plc and continues to provide power generation services, including heat distribution to the Slough Trading Estate.
Earlier this year SSE undertook a review its business which resulted in two out of three solid fuel boilers being decommissioned. The remaining boiler and steam turbines continue to operate.
A multifuel plant would work in a similar way to existing plant at SHP. It would convert “low-carbon waste-derived fuels” into electricity and steam with the latter used to supply heat to buildings within the Slough Trading Estate.
This continues the 20 year evolution of the SHP site away from using fossil fuels such as gas and coal to low-carbon fuels, such as waste-derived fuels.
It consulted on its initial plans in late 2012 and since then has developed its proposals, holding further exhibitions on 22, 23 and 28 November.
The company’s literature is light on the impact of the new power station.
In particular no details are available yet on the air quality impact – which will be of particular interest to Colnbrookians since the air quality spikes at the Grundon Energy from Waste facility earlier this year.
… preliminary findings indicate: no significant adverse (moderate or major) effects; substantial carbon savings; other effects are minor or negligible in scale; cumulative effects are not significant due to nature/scale and distance …
Despite the lack of detail so far SSE intends submitting a planning application to Slough Borough Council early in the New Year.
In the mean time it is looking for feedback on the proposals by Thursday 19 December.
Further information is available from Chris Harris, Liaison Manager SSE, 2nd Floor, Warwick House, 25 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PP.