CHP Plant at JG Pears
About the project
JG Pears is developing a proposal for a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant to provide steam and electricity to its animal rendering facility at Low Marnham, Newark, Nottinghamshire. It will also generate renewable energy, exporting its excess electrical power to the National Grid.
The facility will replace over 90 per cent of the fossil fuels currently used in the rendering process with meat and bone meal (MBM), a sustainable alternative that has a calorific value of the same magnitude as coal, saving over 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. MBM can also be sourced more locally than the fuels currently used, which in turn reduces carbon emissions from transport and transport miles.
Planning permission for the proposal was granted in 2014 .
What has happened so far?
Bassetlaw District Council initially refused JG Pears planning permission for the CHP facility but the Department for Communities and Local Government overturned the discussion following a successful appeal. The detailed timeline is as follows:
JG Pears submits a planning application for a CHP facility to Bassetlaw District Council
Bassetlaw District Council refuse the planning application on the grounds of visual impact
JG Pears submit and appeal for the planning application on the grounds of supporting economic growth, increased business efficiency, support of rural industries and renewable energy supporting national interests
Public local enquiry takes place
JG Pears wins its appeal to overturn the planning application refusal. The Department for Communities and Local Government grant planning consent
MBM has less odour than other biomass fuels and a high calorific value – that is, a lot of heating power – which makes it a highly suitable fuel for combustion to produce electricity. As a byproduct of animal rendering (the process through which animal products are converted into more useful materials), MBM is a plentiful, renewable biomass fuel.
There are three existing MBM combustion facilities in the UK, at Widnes, Rushden and Glanford.
The CHP plant will include a fuel reception area, fuel storage, boiler, turbine, auxiliary boiler, ash house and a control building. There is also the provision of new offices, a security lodge, a tank farm and rationalised access, additional parking provision and improved site boundary control. Planning permission has been obtained for vehicle trailer storage and a workshop.
Under the Integrated Pollution Prevention Control regulations, the CHP Plant will require an additional permit so that it complies with strict European air quality limits.
The fuel will be combusted to raise steam which will drive a high pressure steam turbine to produce electricity. Most of the low pressure steam will be used in a heat exchanger as part of the rendering process to pre-heat feed water and air for the boiler plant to improve plant efficiency