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£145 million incinerator could heat up to 10,000 homes, says town council

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: November 08, 2010

An artist's impression of the proposed energy from waste plant at North Hykeham.

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UP TO 10,000 homes could be kept warm by a £145 million incinerator heating a network of underground pipes.

North Hykeham Town Council says it is pressing its case to secure cheap heat for the area from the energy from waste facility to be built off Whisby Road.

The plant is Lincolnshire County Council's biggest ever project and involves burning 150,000 tonnes of rubbish a year to generate electricity.

But large amounts of excess heat generated by the plant at the eight-acre site, purchased for £2.34 million, could be used to boil water.

This would then be pumped through pipes to heat nearby North Hykeham businesses and homes.

It is hoped this energy could also be used at the town's schools and attract further investment.

North Hykeham is currently home to a number of industries, including Lindum Construction, with the forthcoming Teal Park development to house Siemens.

A further 310 homes are to be built on the site of the old Lincoln Castings in Station Road.

North Hykeham Town Council clerk Mary Silverton said the authority was continuing to make a strong claim for a share of heat from EFW.

She said: "We have just written about it again to remind the county council we do want this heat used within the town. We are taking the disruption from this site and it would be quite right for the heat to be used in Teal Park, Whisby Road industries and development on the Castings site."

EFW was granted permission in July 2009 and building work by preferred contractor the Waste Recycling Group is expected to begin next February.

Project director Richard Belfield said the county council's intention was always to make use of the heat from EFW.

He said: "The facility has been designed to enable the supply of heat to local developments, such as Teal Park and surrounding property, and we will assess the feasibility of such schemes as soon as we finalise the construction contracts for the facility.

"We will specifically look at the opportunity to market the availability of large amounts of heat at commercial/industrial users and housing developers to attract them to develop their businesses in Lincoln and North Hykeham.

"There is sufficient heat from the EFW facility to potentially warm up to 10,000 homes or the equivalent businesses/industries."

North Hykeham resident and environmental campaigner James Reeves said regardless of the potential cheap energy benefits, the county council had taken the wrong approach by opting for an incinerator.

He said: "I still think the council is going in the wrong direction. It will be locked into this project for 25 years.

"Europe is proposing to collect more food waste but the council will invest a tremendous of amount that will be wasted."

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    Brian, Woodhall Spa  |  November 08 2010, 10:16AM

    This project highlights both financial and environmental concerns. Waste management data details a reduction in waste to landfill over the past 3 years contrary to the LCC prediction of guaranteed increase each year that was justification basis of this massive expenditure. The rejection of funding under DEFRA scheme , I understand due to DEFRA requiring rethink on proposal means large financial burden for the ratepayer. The claim of providing good quality CHP requires serious scrutiny of proposal and full history of WRG experience in provision of this facility. I understand the plant specification of a single furnace unit would severely restrict the ability to provide 24/7 energy. The power provided will be by far the dirtiest in the County in a position where the emissions will cause maximum health and environmental impact, immediately upwind of Lincoln with ground rising and heavily populated. The Sulphur dioxide pollution specified in application is shown to be 300 times higher than fossil fuel equivalent at a time when we are being urged to reduce SO2 pollution in energy sources because of direct link to respiratory problems and acid rain. There are preferred methods of waste streaming that produce much cleaner energy at far lower cost. A recent report to the Government details this project is the most expensive method of energy provision with ironically methane capture from landfill the cheapest. Where is the joined up thinking and application of due care in this project?

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    and another thing, ...............  |  November 08 2010, 9:41AM

    This is not a ¿cheap¿ source of heat. But at last, a real chance of an exciting, new, major industrial development in Lincoln worthy of the 21st century! The proposed Energy from Waste plant will provide a sustainable source of electricity and some real environmental benefits. It shows all the promise of being a technological marvel and is a credit to the planners and engineers at the county council who perceived it. If only the same could be said of the accountants there who applied for, but failed to obtain, any of the £2 billion pounds specifically made available by the government to fund projects of this kind, leaving it to the council taxpayers of Lincolnshire to make up the loss ¿ something which the council has kept very quiet about in its public facing celebrations. However, the council must learn that remaining silent will not make this financial disaster go away as it is possible to expose some of truth behind this catastrophe by delving into the depths of the internet. The trail of evidence can be picked up from the following website links. This first one provides proof that the county council applied for the said grant funding along with 8 other councils in the same situation and with similar needs:- http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20080107205448/http://defra.gov.uk/news/2007/071206e.htm In any kind of economic climate it would seem inconceivable that anyone would turn their nose up at the prospect of an £85 million cash handout, however, this next link shows that is precisely what the council did by giving up at the second hurdle, leaving ¿Lincolnshires lost millions¿ to be shared out amongst those authorities who were successful in persevering with the application process.;jsessionid=20775CB55EBFB24218ED427B4DE914C7?documentDescription=RESIDUAL+WASTE+TREATMENT+FACILITY&extension=pdf&reportReference=14.0&location=VOLUME1&docId=1458059&documentType=Decision+Notice&meetingRef=2164 And finally the following link is where the council puts a bizarre positive spin on acknowledging the loss of grant funding as being £85 million and goes on to confirm that the money will be borrowed instead (but omits to state that this loan will, of course, be repayable through council tax) http://www.letsrecycle.com/do/ecco.py/view_item?listid=37&listcatid=5477&listitemid=54642§ion=local_authority Hardly surprising then that the majority of meetings in connection with this project have been held in private as it would appear that the treasury department at the county council has had some explaining to do regarding its ineffectiveness and the additional £85 million burden placed on the council taxpayer that should not have happened. Also, this loss from the councils coffers will doubtless impact upon other departments and services where the scale of planned redundancies will inevitably now be far more savage than would otherwise have been the case. As former President Nixon found out to his cost, it is not so much the misdeed that causes the greatest offence, but rather the attempt to cover it up.