‘Oily sludge’ pyrolysis energy plant refused

Controversial plans to generate electricity by heating an oily sludge to 900C (1652F) have been refused by Pembrokeshire council.
Barcud Energy from Cardiff had applied to open a pyrolysis plant at Waterloo Industrial site in Pembroke Dock.
The company wanted to use “oily sludge and filter cake” – waste products from the energy industry – as a fuel to generate up to 6MW of electricity.
Over 60 letters of objection were sent to the council.
If the plan had been approved, around 17,500 tonnes of the material a year would have been transported to the site at Waterloo Industrial Estate near the town centre in tankers, with two lorries arriving on a daily basis.
Barcud Energy said 12 jobs would have been created on site.
Friends of the Earth Pembrokeshire described the sludge as “a very dirty fuel,” and there was concern particles from the 40m (131ft) high chimney could have had an impact on people’s health in the towns of Pembroke, Pembroke Dock and Cosheston.
Barcud had claimed that the plant would be more efficient and produces less CO² per MW energy than conventional fossil fuels.

Post time: Jan-13-2022

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