Southmoor Energy Centre

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Southmoor Energy Centre, Kellingley Colliery, North Yorkshire

Waste Infrastructure Development

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Project Contact
Richard Barker on 0161 629 8200
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Proposed Energy from Waste facility capable of producing 26MW of electricity.


Southmoor Energy Centre will be built at the former Kellingley Colliery in Beal, North Yorkshire. The site lies about 1.5 miles east of Knottingley on the A645 and has excellent transport links to road, rail and canal.


Planning Permission Status

Planning permission was granted subject to conditions on the 23 February 2015.

Further information

The proposed Energy Centre will be built on an underused area of land on the south-western side of the colliery site, close to existing structures and will be designed to ‘fit’ with these as closely possible. Apart from the chimney stack, all buildings associated with the centre have been designed at a lower height than the colliery buildings and structures.

The Southmoor Energy Centre would use approximately 280,000 tonnes of feedstock per annum comprising non-hazardous residual waste left after recycling from a range of sources across the region, including industrial, commercial and household waste to produce low carbon energy. This will be used to generate enough electricity to power 63,000 homes.

Southmoor Energy Centre presents a number of benefits both for the local area and the wider environment. If built, the £200 million project could create around 38 full time jobs. The new facility will produce 26 MW low carbon electricity and has the potential to provide a stable supply of low-cost heat to nearby businesses. The facility will generate carbon savings of around 95,000 tonnes per year compared to sending waste to landfill.

As well as access to junction 34 of the M62, via the A645 and A19, the Kellingley site benefits from an existing rail siding and a further rail connection agreement. The addition connection point will be utilised for the new rail freight handling facility capable of supplying the Energy Centre with in the order of 170,000 tonnes of waste per year. The proposed Energy Centre also safeguards an area for a future wharf handing facility on the banks of the Aire and Calder Navigation.