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September 4, 2018

Find out more about proposed renewable energy facility at information events

Find out more about proposed renewable energy facility at information events

A state-of-the-art power plant which will use refuse derived fuel is being proposed for a site at the Riverside Industrial Estate in Boston. The facility will have a net generation capacity of approximately 80MW, which is enough energy to power the equivalent of over 185,000 homes (approximately 60% of Lincolnshire households).

Boston Alternative Energy Facility will lead the way in land-based renewable power across the UK, generating energy in a secure, clean and efficient way. Alternative Use Boston Projects Ltd, the company proposing the facility, is holding a series of Public Information Days in the coming weeks where people can find out more about the plans and share their feedback.

The events will be held between 2pm and 8pm at the following venues:

  • Friday 14 September: White Hart Hotel, 1-5 High Street, Boston PE21 8SH
  • Saturday 15 September: St Nicholas Community Centre, Fishtoft Road, Skirbeck, PE21 0AA
  • Wednesday 19 September: Black Sluice Lock Cottages, South Forty Foot Bank, London Road, Boston, PE21 7RA
  • Thursday 20 September: Fishtoft Pavillion, Playing Fields, Church Green Road, PE21 0RP
  • Friday 21 September: Frampton Church Hall, Middlegate Road, Frampton, Boston, PE20 1AW

The facility will use gasification technology to process one million tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF), which is derived from non-recyclable household waste. The proposed site is adjacent to the Haven, to allow the RDF to be transported to the site by ship. All of the RDF will come from the UK and it will be received in plastic wrapped bales.

The proposals include a purpose-built wharf with cranes for unloading RDF, a storage area and a processing facility to prepare the RDF to the correct specification for turning into power.

Alongside the gasification facility will be a lightweight aggregate plant to process the ash from gasification and turn it into a lightweight aggregate product that can be used in construction. This will be removed from the site by ship from the dedicated wharf.

The project will create up to 300 jobs during construction and around 80 jobs once operational. It will also make a sizeable contribution to achieving the UK’s target of generating at least 15% of its power through renewable sources.

Rachel Wild, Spokesperson for the Boston Alternative Energy Facility, said:

“The new facility will set the national benchmark for power generation facilities in the UK. We see our project as a ground-breaking, innovative solution to ensuring energy security whilst reducing the amount of refuse going to landfill and we look forward to contributing to the local economy and the wider community.

“We welcome all feedback and the Public Information Days are a great chance for the community to find out more and comment on the proposals; helping to shape the plans for the facility.”

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