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4 March 2014

A new £20m renewable power station at Shoreham Port a step closer


Adur District Council has issued the planning consent for the construction of a new small renewable combined heat and power generating facility at Shoreham Port. The council’s planning committee passed plans for the £20m development in May last year.

It means specialist renewable energy company Edgeley Green Power, the company behind the scheme, will be legally obligated to monitor air quality in the area, provide an apprenticeship for a school leaver once the site becomes operational and wherever possible to recycle the excess heat generated by the new power station by diverting it to nearby businesses for them to use.

Mike Reynolds, Edgeley Green Power’s chief executive said: “We are very pleased to have received the decision notice from the local authority which means we can now progress the construction of our £20m power station. We will start the site surveys shortly and plan to start the building works by the end of this year. We aim to be fully operational by the end of 2015.”

The facility will be built on a one acre site next to the existing Shoreham Power Station on Fishersgate Terminal - an established industrial and power generating area.

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 opens for business, 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.

Edgeley Green Power is in the process of applying for an environmental permit from the Environment Agency, which will set limits for emissions and noise, both of which will be monitored closely.

Shoreham Port’s development director Peter Davies also welcomed the news saying: “We are pleased the planning consent has now been issued allowing the project to go ahead. It will be a very good use of the port with the fuel coming in by ship and fits very well with our ambition for Shoreham Port to become a major centre for renewable energy.”

For further details of the project please log on to: www.edgeleygreenpowershoreham.co.uk.



Picture caption

Artist impression view of what the proposed electricity generating facility could look like from the north east (across the canal)

For further information and to request further images please contact Fizz PR’s Jo Travis on tel: 0115 878 8893, m: 07979 800 897, email: jo@fizzpr.co.uk or log on to: www.edgelygreenpowershoreham.co.uk

Notes to editors

The proposed development was approved by Adur District Council’s Planning Committee in May 2013 subject to the resolution of the Section 106 Agreement (a legal agreement by which local planning authorities can enter into an agreement for planning obligation with a landowner, the developer and others parties with interest in the land). The Agreement has now been signed by the relevant parties allowing for the decision notice to be issued by the local planning authority.

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

Edgeley Green Power had previously responded to concerns raised about the project by submitting 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.edgelygreenpowershoreham.co.uk.

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 11.3 percent in 2012, up from 9.4 percent in 2011, (source Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2013).

For further details about Edgeley Green Power’s proposed Shoreham facility and to view the planning application in full please log on to: www.edgelygreenpowershoreham.co.uk.

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:

  • glycerine and 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
  • 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 published by OFGEM in December 2011, the Government scheme designed to encourage generation of electricity from renewable sources.