A large paper mill in King’s Lynn has ended speculation it could buy power generated by the controversial incinerator planned for the edge of the town.

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Bosses at Palm Paper had met with Anglo-American consortium Cory Wheelabrator to discuss its plans for an incinerator in Saddlebow and admitted buying steam and/or power from the plant was one of four options being considered.

But last night a spokesman confirmed the firm, which provides paper for the EDP, now wants to build a Combined Heat and Power plant on its site to provide electricity and steam for the mill - something anti-incinerator campaigners believe is a major blow to the case for the Saddlebow scheme.

The spokesman continued: “Palm Paper is in consultation with West Norfolk Council regarding this installation and is awaiting [views] from the Planning Inspectorate.”

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is a process that captures and utilises the heat that is a by-product of the electricity generation process.

According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, CHP can reduce carbon emissions by up to 30pc compared to the separate means of conventional generation like a power station.

The proposed development is to construct and operate a combined cycle gas turbine power station which will burn natural gas exclusively which has efficiency above 84pc.

It is understood the plant could generate between 55 and 65 MW of electricity and 100 tonnes of steam per hour.

A public consultation on this plan could start next month and, based on views from the Planning Inspectorate and this consultation, an environmental statement could be prepared in December.

Anti-incinerator campaigner Mike Knights said: “It’s very significant that Palm has looked at all options and don’t want to have anything to do with this scheme.

“It’s going to make it easier for Palm Paper because they know they will get all the energy and steam they need and not having to rely on anyone else.

“I don’t anticipate there will be opposition to this scheme and I’m pleased Palm Paper has thought better than doing business with Cory Wheelabrator.”

This latest twist in the on-going incinerator saga comes a week after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles called in the incinerator plan.

The secretary of state called in the planning application after his department received nearly 6,000 letters - one of the biggest responses ever received for an application.

Norfolk County Council awarded the contract to build the incinerator, known as the Willows Power and Recycling Facility, to Cory Wheelabrator last year.

The county council says the plant is needed to prevent the county’s waste having to go to landfill. It says it will save millions of pounds a year.

8 comments

  • I would assume Palm Paper took the cheapest long term option for energy supply. That's the simplest explanation isn't it?

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • A senior representative of Palm Paper was at the June 29th planning meeting, apparently he was shocked and disgusted by way NCC carried on and how the people of West Norfolk were treated. Adding that to the reputation of Wheelabrator, the EA's failure to monitor and regulate incinerators across the country, and the HPA's resistance to carry out any meanigful research on health around EfW incinerators, there's little wonder he doesn't want to be associated with this.

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    Honest John

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Was the icing on the cake part of the £8 million that was banded about by NCC? Only available to view on the back of a fag packet? Now they say they will save £ millions. How many £ millions. NCC says the burner will stop waste going to landfill. Strange as all the 3 million tons of toxic ash from the incinerator will end up in landfill except small amount of recovered metals.

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    Alan Allan

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • Was the icing on the cake part of the £8 million that was banded about by NCC? Only available to view on the back of a fag packet? Now they say they will save £ millions. How many £ millions. NCC says the burner will stop waste going to landfill. Strange as all the 3 million tons of toxic ash from the incinerator will end up in landfill except small amount of recovered metals.

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    Alan Allan

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • This was so obvious I'm surprised it's made the news at all. If you look at the way Palm Paper operate, they have always ploughed their own furrow and not relied on third parties if possible. there was no way they would jeopardise their business to be reliant on steam heat from an incinerator that could be shut down by an independent Agency, or break down (they are only expected to operate for typically 8,000 hours a year). Remember when Palm built their factory at Kings Lynn? They relied on German building components, delivered from the docks to site by German lorries and erected on site by German construction workers using German cranes. You have to hand it to them that they were a model of efficiency and have continued their business in the same way - by staff trained in Germany. There was no way they would have ever have relied on a UK incinerator for energy if they have an option of their own in hand. Well done Dr Palm.

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    BernardJuby

    Sunday, September 9, 2012

  • Palm Paper has planning permission granted for a sludgecombuster and their own incinerator power plant CHP. NCC was masters of spin and allowed CW to keep vital information from the public. Surely this new information puts Kings Lynn burner less attractive as the preferred site. This also dramatically alters the proximity principle as there is less of a need to cart waste to Kings Lynn.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • With Graham Plant saying they did everything by the book, one has to ask why no one checked with Palm Paper over the claims CW made in the Planning Application. It’s not as if this point wasn’t raised in objections, because it was, just like so many others that went ignored. Eric Pickles was apparently told about Palm Paper’s decision about 4 weeks ago, perhaps that was the icing on the cake for him to realise just how many errors have been claimed in the planning application, and call it in. The beauty of this being turned down by Mr Pickles, is Norfolk’s taxpayers cannot be held to a single penny ransom, for what CW put in their planning application.

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    Honest John

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • this is good news for Kings Lynn, well done Palm Paper for seeing through the incinerator hype. Generate your own clean power and steam.

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    depressed Norfolk

    Friday, September 7, 2012

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