£150m plan to turn poo into power in Derbyshire town

 £150m plan to turn poo into power in Derbyshire town

Plans are in motion for a £150 million scheme in a Derbyshire town to turn waste into products into clean energy to power thousands of homes.

The proposed Swadlincote Resource Recovery Park would be built on land just to the south of sewage treatment works in woodland next to the town’s £10 million Willshee’s base.

Early plans for a “scoping opinion” far ahead of a formal application have now been filed to South Derbyshire District Council.

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The plan shows the site would include an energy recovery facility and an aggregate recovery facility.

A website for the scheme had been produced by R&P Clean Power Ltd, which is registered to an accountancy firm in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The website says there is the potential to process “sewage sludge” from the water treatment plant nearby, significantly reducing vehicle movements from the area which currently take this waste to Birmingham.

Recycled and treated waste would be heated – not burned – to power a steam turbine, generating electricity.

There would be a large chimney as part of the proposed site from which “discharge” would be released.

The firm says the “discharge” would be “extensively cleaned and scrubbed to a level which is better than the Environmental Agency allowable standards”.

It says: “This ensures that what is released into the atmosphere is safe and will not harm the local environment or anyone’s health.”

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