EP Waste Management Ltd (EPWM), a subsidiary of EP UK Investments Ltd (EPUKI), has announced that it has received development consent from the UK Secretary of State (SoS) for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a 95 MWe (gross) energy-from-waste (EfW) power station, on land adjacent the South Humber Bank Power Station (SHBPS), South Marsh Road, near Stallingborough in North East Lincolnshire.
EP UK Investments (EPUKI) is a subsidiary of Europe’s sixth-largest energy utility, Czech-headed Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s. (EPH). EPUKI owns and operates a number of power stations in the UK. These include Langage Power Station, a CCGT power station near Plymouth in Devon; the coal-to-biomass converted Lynemouth Power Station, a biomass-fuelled power station in Northumberland; and power generation assets in Northern Ireland.
EPUKI acquired the South Humber Bank Power Station (SHBPS) site from Centrica in 2017. The SHBPS site includes a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station with a gross electrical output of around 1 400 MW, a cooling water pumping station, and areas of undeveloped land.
The consented EfW power station will be known as South Humber Bank Energy Centre (SHBEC) and it will be built on undeveloped land within the boundary of the SHBPS site to the east of the CCGT power station. The development consent includes an electrical connection, new site access, and other associated development.
SHBEC will use up to 753 500 tonnes per annum of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) with particular specifications regarding the calorific value, moisture content, quantity, and format. All RDF is likely to be delivered to the facility by road, using heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), via a new access road created from South Marsh Road.
SHBEC will provide approximately 55 permanent jobs, create around 600 jobs during construction and be capable of operating for at least 30 years. The approximately £300 million (≈ EUR 350.76 million) investment by EPWM follows a recent major investment by EPUKI in the existing CCGT power station to extend its operational life.