First look at £80 million power plant plans

Plans for a new £80 million power plant near Welshpool have been unveiled.

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Broad Energy (Wales) Ltd is proposing to create the Buttington Quarry Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) which it says could provide heat and electricity to around 8,000 homes and businesses.

The company – with offices in Shrewsbury – said it will also create 30 skilled jobs and up to 150 short-term jobs during construction.

It will process 100,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste.

The plans that aim to secure the future of the former brickworks site and quarry, while helping towards achieving Welsh Government objectives on waste reduction, went on public view at Welshpool Livestock Sales, Buttington Cross, Welshpool, yesterday.

A spokesman for Broad Energy (Wales) said: “We need to look at better ways of dealing with our non-recyclable waste.

“The proposed ERF would process about 100,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste which would otherwise be sent to landfill.

“It would produce approximately nine mega watts of electricity and provide heat and hot water to nearby businesses.

“Outline details of the proposals were unveiled to residents and businesses at the public exhibition.

“Members of the project team were available to discuss the proposals and answer questions.

“Feedback from this consultation process will be used to help inform the final design and assessments. Once the planning application is submitted there will be a period for consideration and consultation by the local planning authority.”

The plant would generate electricity and provide heat and hot water to nearby businesses, displacing some power produced by fossil fuels.

Carole Riley of Broad Energy (Wales) Ltd said a planning application will be submitted to Powys County Council early next year.

She said renewable heat in the form of hot water could be supplied to tenants at a future eco-business park and the nearby Offa’s Dyke Business Park.

“A number of statutory organisations will be asked for their views, such as Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and interested local stakeholders,” she said.

There are also plans to include the creation of a biodiversity area around the existing geological site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), located within the quarry, facilitating educational visits from students at local schools and colleges.

Residents and local organisations who want details can call a freephone number 0800 169 5290.

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Comments for: "First look at £80 million power plant plans"


Go for it. We need to find a solution to sending waste to landfill.

We're also way behind on our legally binding renewable heat targets.


Where is the waste material coming from and which means of transport will be required.

In essence this just the same as Shrewsbury's Incinerator/waste fuelled power plant. The problems are identical. How high is the Chimney and will it deposit toxic materials down wind. How does the waste get to the plant and how does it connect to the electricity grid. The amounts of waste heat produced are significant and it is difficult to find a customer to buy the heat close enough to be able to transmit it.

It is better to burn waste than to use it in land fill but the only reason for that is the avoidance of Land Fill Tax. Otherwise the operation may not be economic. it does actuary produce pollution in the form of Co2 and other products of combustion which need to be controlled.

Taken that this form of waste reuse is generally acceptable and subject to a detailed planning assessment my only concern is the Road Traffic on the A458. Given the area served I am surprised there is enough rubbish to keep it burning and generating which suggests that they may be bringing waste materials from further afield. That in turn means more traffic and it may be considered desirable to put a railway siding into the waste collection area and transport the waste by train.

On the surface it looks alright but we should scratch the surface to see how it handles enough waste to be economically viable and where that waste comes from and what it contains.


Powys county council could look at the needs of the wider area and insist on a planning condition to include road improvements such as filter lanes to be paid for by the developer.

That is what happened with a large development in Newtown regarding Tesco.

There were calls for a much needed bypass around Newtown, and the only way that Newtown could qualify for a bypass is by installing more traffic lights in town. Hence the unpopular roads "improvements" in Newtown being paid for by tesco. We're getting our bypass now

Of course we could all reduce the amount we send to landfill by easily changing our shopping habits by avoiding buying food which comes with excess packaging, half of which is unsuitable for recycling.

Maybe it's time the supermarkets started to pick up the cost of dealing with waste and recycling too.


Why don't you go along to the public viewing of the plans and ask the people there instead of rubbishing it before you even know how it will work?

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