The first phase of work on the ENERGOS Knowsley Energy Recovery Facility has been completed and developers are currently consulting with the planning authority on minor design changes that will improve environmental and noise performance.
The project will create 20 long term skilled jobs at the site and more than 50 jobs during the two-year construction period, with more jobs created through the supply and support chain.
The scheme will use an advanced thermal treatment (ACT) gasification technique, which is a best practice clean technology. Rather than burning non-recyclable waste, it converts it into a gas via a finely controlled two-stage thermal treatment process – using the heat of partial combustion. The gas is then fully combusted to generate heat, which is used to produce steam and electricity.
As well as generating electricity from waste that cannot be recycled, the Facility will produce heat that can be used by neighbouring businesses. This is known as combined heat and power and is almost twice as efficient as conventional power production.
The scheme will create nine mega watts of green power every hour, equivalent to the output of 15 large wind turbines. It will be able to process 96,000 tonnes of non-hazardous and non-recyclable waste per year, making it suitable to take care of waste from local businesses.
A dry flue gas cleaning system means that the stack plume won’t be visible under normal atmospheric conditions, and the advanced gasification process will ensure ultra low emissions – significantly lower than the stringent safe limits required by the EU Emissions Standard. Emissions will be verified regularly and approved by environmental agencies.
Location and access
As this Facility is community sized and, therefore, of limited capacity, the volume of traffic delivering to the site is low. Its direct access routes from the East Lancs Road or M57 motorway mean that vehicles won’t go through residential areas other than the Councils own local collection vehicles.