Peel Environmental moves forward with plans for £200m energy centre at Kellingley Colliery

Plans for the Southmoor Energy Centre - proposed by Peel Environmental at the former Kellingley Colliery site – are progressing, with the company expecting to be on site in Autumn 2019.

The £200m energy centre was originally consented by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) in 2015.  Peel Environmental, part of Peel L&P, has been working closely with development partners to bring forward the facility and plan to be on site later this year.

The company is also in advanced discussions with a construction partner, fuel supplier and funders for the £200m project. To optimise the facility and provide flexibility, Peel Environmental is proposing to make some changes to the existing planning permission, one of which is to increase the fuel for the facility from 280,000 tonnes to 350,000 tonnes per year. This is to help divert more waste away from landfill and generate more low carbon energy – enough to power over 73,000 homes*.

The new energy centre will create almost 40 jobs and save around 50,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. It will also be able to supply low carbon electricity and heat directly to surrounding businesses, including those planned for the rest of the former colliery site.

Richard Barker, Development Manager at Peel Environmental, said: 

“Since getting planning approval in 2015 we have been working hard to make the plans a reality. The Southmoor Energy Centre would deliver significant investment into the former colliery site, which is recognised as being an important location for energy infrastructure.

“It addresses two of the great challenges of our generation – how we deal with our waste better and where we get our energy from.

“In delivering Southmoor, we’ll create skilled jobs, drive investment into North Yorkshire and deliver environmental benefits such as dramatic CO2 savings and diverting waste from landfill.”

A Section 73 planning application to amend the plans has been submitted to NYCC and is expected to be considered in Summer 2019. There will only be a minimal increase in traffic movements compared to the previously consented plans, with an extra 14 Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) movements, due to HGVs being able to take more waste per vehicle.

The fuel for the energy centre will be brought to the site via junction 34 of the M62. HGVs will enter the site via a newly constructed access point on the A645 Weeland Road, 250m to the east of the current access.

The project is part of a move to change how the region and the UK deals with its waste. Studies show that over 13 million tonnes of waste suitable for creating low-carbon energy was still being sent to landfill in 2016, while 3.6 million tonnes was shipped to Europe to generate power.

Notes to editors  

About the Southmoor Energy Centre

The Southmoor Energy Centre will:

  • Represent a £200 million investment into the region

  • Generate business rates of £1,250,000 annually

  • Add an estimated £3.2 million per year to the local economy

  • Create around 38 full time jobs and 375 positions during construction, including skilled and non-skilled roles

  • Export up to 28.4MW of low carbon energy – enough to power over 73,000 homes*

  • Provide the potential to provide heat directly to surrounding businesses, including those planned for the Kellingley Colliery site.

  • Save around c.50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year

 *Figure is based on Ofgem average household consumption of 3100kw

About Peel Environmental

Peel Environmental (part of Peel Land and Property Group) owns and develops waste infrastructure projects. It has achieved consent for a range of energy infrastructure schemes including a 35MW Energy from Waste plant at Protos in Cheshire, 21MW Energy from Waste plant and 250,000tpa AD and MRF in Glasgow; and a 20MW Energy Centre at Houghton Main, Barnsley. Peel works with investors, waste management companies, technology providers and contractors to secure a deliverable business model for each project.

About Peel L&P – realising possibility.

We are an ambitious regeneration business with generations of history, heritage and expertise in our DNA. First established in 1971, Peel L&P is now responsible for some of the most transformational development projects in the UK today.

Owning and managing 12 million sq ft of property and 20,000 acres of land and water, our holdings are concentrated in the north west of England but we also own and manage significant assets throughout the UK with a total portfolio value of £2.6 billion.

As a part of the Peel Group; we are integral to a business that strives to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Our legacy matters. We take great pride in the outcomes we achieve, the people we work with, the way we go about our business and the transformational projects we deliver.

Our specialist teams have a proven track record in delivering high-quality, legacy projects across land, property, water and airspace. This includes airports, hotels, waterways, media hubs, event spaces, leisure facilities, retail, workspaces, residential development, industrial & logistical space, public realm, historic gardens and the renewable energy sector.

Peel L&P is an agile and ambitious business with a legacy of success for a long-term, sustainable future.

We see possibility. We deliver transformation.

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Rebecca Eatwell

Newgate Communications

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Newgate Communications

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