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16 April 2013

Another opportunity for local people to have a say about plans for a new £20m renewable power station at Shoreham Port

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Specialist renewable energy company Edgeley Green Power, which submitted plans to Adur District Council in July last year for a small renewable electricity generating facility at Shoreham Port, has responded to concerns raised about the project.

It has submitted further detailed information to Adur District Council about the sustainability of its fuel, along with impacts on local air quality, odour and noise levels. The company has also produced a simple summary, available online at: www.edgeleygreenpowershoreham.co.uk and also on Adur District Council’s website.

The council is currently undertaking a two week public consultation on the project, giving local people and other interested parties the chance to respond further before 24 April. The planning application is due to be considered by the planning committee at its next meeting at 7pm on 7 May 2013.

It follows a pre-planning public consultation undertaken by Edgeley Green Power in 2010, in which the company invited local residents and businesses to have their say about the proposals to develop and operate the £20 million power station on a one acre site next to the existing Shoreham Power Station on Fishersgate Terminal - an established industrial and power generating area. Adur District Council also ran its own public consultation after the planning application was submitted last summer.

Under the plans, Edgeley Green Power’s power station will be fuelled by a range of independently audited vegetable and plant oils and animal fats which aren’t fit for human consumption, including not using palm oil. These are required to meet the sustainability criteria within the Renewable Obligation, a Government scheme designed to encourage generation of electricity from renewable sources. The fuel will be transported direct to the site by ship rather than road.

Should the planning application be successful, the company hopes to start construction by the end of this year and become fully operational in early 2015. It will generate approximately 32 mega watts of renewable electricity – enough to meet the average needs of 18,000 homes every year. For comparison this is equivalent to more than the whole of Shoreham, Southwick and Portslade.

20 permanent jobs are set to be created once the power station becomes operational, including an apprenticeship scheme and the staff will be recruited from the local area where possible. It is also estimated 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.

Mike Reynolds, Edgeley Green Power’s chief executive said: “Renewable electricity generation projects such as our’s proposed at Shoreham Port are important because they contribute to the security of energy supply.

“All our detailed air quality assessment work submitted as part of our planning application and subsequently, has shown our development will not significantly affect air quality. The biggest source of air pollution locally is from road traffic. As our development will have fuel delivered by sea our plans would not make road traffic pollution worse.

“Should we secure planning permission we still have to apply for an environmental permit from the Environment Agency, which will sets limits for emissions and noise, both of which are monitored closely. The EA already safely regulates Shoreham Power Station next door to our site, which is more than 13 times larger than our proposed development.”

Shoreham Port’s development director Peter Davies added: “We are delighted to be chosen by Edgeley Green Power as the location for their new power station. Shoreham has a long history of power generation dating back to 1897 and is fast becoming a focal point for renewable energy projects. The level of investment and jobs proposed are further evidence of the port continuing to do well at a time when there is hardly any growth in the UK economy. The great advantage the port offers Edgeley Green Power is the fuel can be delivered by ship rather than by road tanker. We know some people have been concerned about the use of bio-fuels so we have agreed with the firm that they will not use virgin oils like palm oil to ensure the power station is totally sustainable.”

To find out more log on to www.edgeleygreenpowershoreham.co.uk.

Please click here for the non technical briefing note PDF produced by Edgeley Green Power at the start of April in response to concerns raised about the project’s sustainability, impacts on local air quality, odour and noise levels.