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12 July 2012

Renewable energy company submits planning application for a new £20m renewable power station at Shoreham Port

Specialist renewable energy company Edgeley Green Power has today submitted its planning application to Adur District Council to build a small renewable electricity generating facilityat Shoreham Port.

It follows a public consultation run by the company 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.

It will be fuelled by a range of independently audited vegetable and plant oils and animal fats which aren't fit for human consumption. 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 plans to start construction next year and become fully operational in 2014. It will generate approximately 32 mega watts of electricity per hour - enough for 18,000 average sized homes, the equivalent of powering more than the whole of Shoreham, Southwick and Portslade.

Under the plans 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: "Our planning application has been submitted later than anticipated because we had been awaiting the outcome of the Government's recent review of bio fuels for renewable power generation, which was not completed until the end of last year.

"Shoreham Port is still the ideal location for us because we can bring all our fuel in by sea directly to site, meaning we can take full advantage of the port's facilities and not impact on road traffic."

Shoreham Port's development director Peter Davies added: "We see energy generation as a key part of the port's future and Edgeley Green Power's proposals sit well alongside the other renewable energy projects such as solar power being developed at the moment. The new facility will bring extra business to the port as well as create jobs for local people."

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

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Notes to editors

The power station design and height and chimney height are the same as originally planned and displayed at the public exhibition in 2010. The changes made since are:

  • the company will use new, rather than recycled diesel engines as these are more reliable and efficient
  • the site has been moved a few metres north to better accommodate the engine house
  • the size of the site has marginally increased from 38 x 20m to 43.5 x 22.5m
  • the doors will now be painted dark grey (instead of green) to blend in with the surroundings better.

The facility will operate under the terms of an Environment Agency license, as well as any conditions set by the council with the planning permission.

The proposed power station will help the UK hit its renewable energy targets - 15 percent of total UK energy consumption should come from renewables by 2020 (on 1990 levels), and by 2050 this target jumps to 80 percent.

Yet electricity generated from all renewables as a percentage of total UK electricity generation stood at 6.9 percent in 2010, up from 6.7 percent in 2009, (source Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2011).

The public consultation undertaken by Edgeley Green Power Ltd was a pre-application consultation and does not replace the statutory consultation which will be undertaken by Adur District Council now the full planning application for the development has been submitted.

For further details about Edgeley Green Power's proposed Shoreham facility please log on to: www.edgelygreenpowershoreham.co.uk. Once the planning application has been ratified by Adur District Council we will be uploading the Shoreham application in full to the above website.

For further details about Edgeley Green Power please log on to: www.edgeleygreenpower.com

About our fuel

We will not generate electricity from virgin vegetable oils which are deemed to be suitable for human consumption.

We plan to use the following bio fuels to generate electricity at Shoreham:

  • used cooking oil sourced and processed on the continent to a specification suitable for power generation
  • category one animal tallow, a product deemed suitable only for energy generation and road transport fuel use
  • an oil derived from tall oil pitch which is a by product of wood pulp manufacture, produced during the wood pulping of mainly fast growing coniferous trees in Scandinavia and Canada.
  • crude and refined vegetable oils which as a result of insurance salvage are deemed unfit for human consumption.

All these independently audited oils will be subject to the sustainability criteria within the Renewable Obligation, a Government scheme designed to encourage generation of electricity from renewable sources.

Our facility will operate under the terms of an Environment Agency license.