SHOREHAM Port has backed the decision to grant planning permission to a “revolutionary” £20 million biofuel power plant.
Plans to build the renewable energy plant on Shoreham Port were approved by Adur council’s planning committee last Tuesday (May 7). The facility, which will burn vegetable oil and animal fat, could power up to 18,000 homes and start operating by the start of 2015, according to Edgeley Green Power, which is behind the plans.
The station will be built on a one-acre site next to the existing Shoreham Power Station on Fishersgate Terminal.
Shoreham Port’s development director, Peter Davies, said: “We are pleased the project has been given the go ahead.
“It is good for the port and good for jobs.
“The planning authority properly looked into local people’s concerns about the fuel source and possible environmental aspects and found the scheme to be both safe and sustainable. We now look forward to seeing the power station being built.”
Mike Reynolds, Edgeley Green Power’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted our plans for a new renewable power station have been approved by Adur District Council, and we look forward to starting construction by the end of this year and we aim to become fully operational in early 2015.
“Projects such as this are important because they contribute to the security of energy supply and will create local jobs.”
Edgeley said the plant will generate approximately 32 mega watts of renewable electricity, which it said would be more than enough for the whole of Shoreham, Southwick and Portslade.
The power station is expected to bring 20 permanent jobs, including an apprenticeship scheme, and staff will be recruited from the area, where possible.
Edgeley estimates more than 70 temporary jobs will be created during construction, but there will be no more than 20 workers on site at any one time.
The company still has to apply for an environmental permit from the Environment Agency, which will set limits for emissions and noise, which are monitored closely.