Palm Paper has ended speculation it could buy energy generated by the controversial incinerator planned for King’s Lynn, by unveiling plans to build its own power station.

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North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham last night said the announcement could be “the final nail in the incinerator’s coffin”.

A spokesman for the consortium behind the waste burner said the announcement was “entirely understandable” with its proposals facing a public inquiry.

Bosses at Palm Paper last year met with Cory Wheelabrator to hear its plans for an incinerator at Saddlebow. The proposed incinerator could supply power or steam to the paper mill should it be built, but no detailed talks on the subject were conducted between the two companies.

Palm Paper is aiming to submit plans to build a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) on its site to provide electricity and steam for the mill in the summer. The company will be launching a public consultation on its plans next week. A statement on the firm’s website said: “The paper mill consumes significant amounts of energy in the form of electricity and steam within the recycling and production processes.

“The supply of electricity is currently provided by importing power from the local electricity network, and by two package boilers generating all steam required at the mill.

“With the new 162 MW-CCGT Power Station, Palm Paper seeks to reduce its reliance on imported energy.”

Mr Bellingham said: “I think this is an incredibly significant development. There is no doubt that Cory Wheelabrator played up the Palm Paper link in the planning application and DEFRA papers.

“Palm Paper have gone the right way about this by engaging the community, MPs and West Norfolk council.

“In my opinion, Cory Wheelabrator have not done this to the same level. I think CW has to pack their bags and leave our town. This is, in my opinion, the final nail in the incinerator coffin.”

John Boldon, spokesman for the Cory Wheelabrator consortium said: “We respect Palm Paper’s approach, which is entirely understandable given that the proposed Willows Power and Recycling Centre is about to go through a public inquiry. CCGT is one option, but steam from our facility would be another if planning permission is granted.”

Palm produces around 550,000 tonnes of newsprint every year from entirely recycled paper at the paper mill to the west of Lynn. The plant has been operational since December 2009 and employs 200 people.

The proposed CCGT would be a generating station with an output of over 50 megawatts. The facility would be powered by natural gas and use a turbine to create both electricity and steam solely for use within the paper making process at the mill.

Palm Paper has said the CCGT would ensure efficiency levels of 85pc due to the use of the combined cycle process, where the waste steam can be used within the paper mill.

Following a consultation period, an application for a development consent order will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, with the final decision being made by the Secretary of State.

It is anticipated the application will be submitted to the Inspectorate between July and September this year.

A statement of community consultation and preliminary environmental information has been sent to Norfolk County Council and West Norfolk council.

They have also been sent to the borough councils in North Norfolk, Breckland, Fenland, South Holland, and East Cambridgeshire and the county councils of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

Residents and businesses in South Lynn have also been written to directly to inform them of the proposed development and how they can become involved in the process.

Palm Paper is holding a public exhibition next Wednesday, January 30, at the South Lynn Community Centre, St Michaels Road, between 1pm and 9pm.

Members of the project team will be present and there will be the opportunity to submit a questionnaire.

The company also hopes to arrange a number of consultation drop-in events with key local groups.

Residents can view the plans at Lynn Library, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 8pm on Fridays and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.

They can also be seen at Gaywood Library, River Lane, between 10am and 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 10am to 8pm on Thursdays, 9.30am to 5pm on Saturdays, and 10am to 1pm on Sundays.

Anyone wishing to comment can send an email to PP3-CCGT@palmpaper.co.uk or call David Harvey, at DHA Planning, on 01622 776 226.

Letters can be sent to David Harvey, DHA Planning, Eclipse House, Eclipse Park, Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3EN

Any response or representation must be made before March 4 and give an address to which correspondence may be sent.

*A public inquiry into the Anglo-American consortium’s application to build the incinerator in Saddlebow will start at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on February 26.

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.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles called in Cory Wheelabrator’s planning application after his department received nearly 6,000 letters - one of the biggest responses ever received for an application.

34 comments

  • Palm Paper will then be self sufficient and not reliant on the incinerator that will have many shut downs. They would need cables to the incinerator and also the nationalgrid. It is very unlikely the incinerator will be running in 25 years as legislation similar to the USA. Most of Europe and the USA use independent 24 hour air quality monitoring systems. This will restrict cumulative pollutant emissions from Palm Paper and the new Kings Lynn B power station. Cory Wheelabrator would have been better building in an area away from industry and residential properties.

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    Choice

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Good point Popeye makes. If paper production is that bad has this been mentioned at the incinerator planning consultation for its pollution and Cory Wheelabrator should be dragged over the coals for this. The extreme is if Popeye’s prognosis is correct Palm Paper could close down and no need for the incinerator. I suspect the truth is the anti-recycling campaigners in County Hall and Boston USA may be feeding false information AGAIN. I trust Wymondham boy’s comments as I suspect like myself he does not have any financial vested interests at Saddlebow.

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    Emma Miller

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • What a remarkable conclusion for Mr Bellingham to jump to. Palm need more and cheaper power. Because of the public inquiry into the Willows, there is a possibility it may not go ahead, therefore Palm need a back-up plan to generate their own power. I don't know, but I would imagine if the Willows *does* go ahead it would be more cost effective (and better for the environment) for Palm to take steam from the Willows rather than pay the large capital cost of setting up their own power station. So should the Willows get the go ahead after the public inquiry, I would expect to see Palm's proposal to be quietly kicked into the long grass.

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    Helveg

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Jack. Popeye may have a vested interest in the incinerator in the promotion of local jobs. Funeral industry and the NHS. I suspect he works for Carters or BAM construction or he is a shareholder!

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    Alan Allan

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • What a remarkable conclusion for Mr Bellingham to jump to. Palm need more and cheaper power. Because of the public inquiry into the Willows, there is a possibility it may not go ahead, therefore Palm need a back-up plan to generate their own power. I don't know, but I would imagine if the Willows *does* go ahead it would be more cost effective (and better for the environment) for Palm to take steam from the Willows rather than pay the large capital cost of setting up their own power station. So should the Willows get the go ahead after the public inquiry, I would expect to see Palm's proposal to be quietly kicked into the long grass.

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    Helveg

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • What a remarkable conclusion for Mr Bellingham to jump to. Palm need more and cheaper power. Because of the public inquiry into the Willows, there is a possibility it may not go ahead, therefore Palm need a back-up plan to generate their own power. I don't know, but I would imagine if the Willows *does* go ahead it would be more cost effective (and better for the environment) for Palm to take steam from the Willows rather than pay the large capital cost of setting up their own power station. So should the Willows get the go ahead after the public inquiry, I would expect to see Palm's proposal to be quietly kicked into the long grass.

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    Helveg

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • I very much agree with Mr. Bellingham's words and would like to encourage Palm paper to design the CCGT facility with a future view to supply waste heat from the processes for community heating.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • my reply to Dickens lie has been held up.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • What a remarkable conclusion for Mr Bellingham to jump to. Palm need more and cheaper power. Because of the public inquiry into the Willows, there is a possibility it may not go ahead, therefore Palm need a back-up plan to generate their own power. I don't know, but I would imagine if the Willows *does* go ahead it would be more cost effective (and better for the environment) for Palm to take steam from the Willows rather than pay the large capital cost of setting up their own power station. So should the Willows get the go ahead after the public inquiry, I would expect to see Palm's proposal to be quietly kicked into the long grass.

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    Helveg

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • What a remarkable conclusion for Mr Bellingham to jump to. Palm need more and cheaper power. Because of the public inquiry into the Willows, there is a possibility it may not go ahead, therefore Palm need a back-up plan to generate their own power. I don't know, but I would imagine if the Willows *does* go ahead it would be more cost effective (and better for the environment) for Palm to take steam from the Willows rather than pay the large capital cost of setting up their own power station. So should the Willows get the go ahead after the public inquiry, I would expect to see Palm's proposal to be quietly kicked into the long grass.

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    Helveg

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • What a remarkable conclusion for Mr Bellingham to jump to. Palm need more and cheaper power. Because of the public inquiry into the Willows, there is a possibility it may not go ahead, therefore Palm need a back-up plan to generate their own power. I don't know, but I would imagine if the Willows *does* go ahead it would be more cost effective (and better for the environment) for Palm to take steam from the Willows rather than pay the large capital cost of setting up their own power station. So should the Willows get the go ahead after the public inquiry, I would expect to see Palm's proposal to be quietly kicked into the long grass.

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    Helveg

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Popeye you are a very sick person how could anyone wish for a dirty stinking waste incinerator on their neighbours, to pollute the environment and risk the health of thousands of people living there you really need to go an seek help from a doctor.

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    Jack

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • I don't think there is anything concusive about this at all. Palm are sensible to install their own power stationbecause the supply from an incinerator cannot be relied upon, even if its gets the go-ahead after the planning inquiry [we must be looking at 2014 before a final decision is made]. Cory might hope to get a higher price for their surplus power from electricity suppliers than Palm would wish to pay. I always assumed that hidden in the terms is provision for Cory to supplyelectricity to Norfolk County Council for schools, county hall and offices, street lighting, and so on. Would make a lot of sense.

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    JCW

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Dickens, do you work for Cory by any chance?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Have nothing better to do Derrick!

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    Marigold

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • What a remarkable conclusion for Mr Bellingham to jump to. Palm need more and cheaper power. Because of the public inquiry into the Willows, there is a possibility it may not go ahead, therefore Palm need a back-up plan to generate their own power. I don't know, but I would imagine if the Willows *does* go ahead it would be more cost effective (and better for the environment) for Palm to take steam from the Willows rather than pay the large capital cost of setting up their own power station. So should the Willows get the go ahead after the public inquiry, I would expect to see Palm's proposal to be quietly kicked into the long grass.

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    Helveg

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Just let the Germans sort it out......they have the knowledge and no how.The less People from Norfolk get involved the better !

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    dave123

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Whilst many of us knew in August last year what Palm Paper intended to do, I think their timing, deliberately coinciding with the Planning Inquiry, absolutely stinks. Dr Palm has quietly sat on the fence over the incinerator, he has not supported the local people, he remained quiet despite CW's incorrect allegations in their planning application, and he continues to deal quietly with the BC behind our backs. Palm Paper is an ugly enough monstrosity and why should they be allowed to construct something to burn what they like with an 80m chimney. It's bad enough having Murphy with his shady deals, Daubney really needs to learn a lesson from it - he is not untouchable either!

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    Honest John

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Dickens is trying to deceive, its Wheelabrator who wants to burn waste and pollute. Palm papers propsal is to burn clean gas.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • If Henry Bellingham is correct in his assertion it means the people of Norfolk are left with a £20 million bill for breaking the contract with Cory, due completely to Norfolk's Conservative party and its' denial of democracy coupled with breathtaking incompetence.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Over the last few days there has been much news concerning Derrick Murphy and Palm Paper. We read many sob stories from anti-recycling supporters in the EDP24 and Lynn News how an incinerator and Derrick Murphy are no way toxic. If you have not responded to planning consultation and Defra EA it is not worth ranting on this site. This is the time for the county council to come up smelling of roses cancel the contract and pay off Cory Wheelabrator before the county elections in May. Explain to the public that they have implemented Tory Party policy of localism that is written in their manifesto.

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    batemansusan

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • In the light of Ingo's most recent comment below, about the huge amount of energy required for making cardboard from waste wood and other low-grade fibres. I have to wonder how environmentally sound paper recycling actually is. Mind you, burning it is not the best thing to do either.

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    JCW

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Keep up Dickens. This is a GAS powered turbine!!! It is not a Mass Burn Municipal Waste Incinerator, it will not produce heaps of toxic incinerator bottom ash and it will not result in thousands of tonnes of waste being ferried from all corners of Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire or the Thames Gateway. Totally different kettle of fish. Plus Dr Palm has an excellent reputation only tarnished recently by his reputed association with Cory Wheelabrator which turned out to be totally untrue.

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    Wymondham boy

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • You'll note it's a GAS turbine, not a WIND turbine. That's because these people actually NEED reliable electricity!!

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    Windless

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • What a remarkable conclusion for Mr Bellingham to jump to. Palm need more and cheaper power. Because of the public inquiry into the Willows, there is a possibility it may not go ahead, therefore Palm need a back-up plan to generate their own power. I don't know, but I would imagine if the Willows *does* go ahead it would be more cost effective (and better for the environment) for Palm to take steam from the Willows rather than pay the large capital cost of setting up their own power station. So should the Willows get the go ahead after the public inquiry, I would expect to see Palm's proposal to be quietly kicked into the long grass.

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    Helveg

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Palm wont be importing thousands of lorry loads of waste, containing many hazardous items such as batteries, metals, mercury filled bulbs or electrical components, from all over Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire or the Thames Gateway. Totally different kettle of fish. Other point Palm will produce 50MW of power compared to the pathetic 20MW the americans may manage if they ever get planning permission.

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    Wymondham boy

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • What a remarkable conclusion for Mr Bellingham to jump to. Palm need more and cheaper power. Because of the public inquiry into the Willows, there is a possibility it may not go ahead, therefore Palm need a back-up plan to generate their own power. I don't know, but I would imagine if the Willows *does* go ahead it would be more cost effective (and better for the environment) for Palm to take steam from the Willows rather than pay the large capital cost of setting up their own power station. So should the Willows get the go ahead after the public inquiry, I would expect to see Palm's proposal to be quietly kicked into the long grass.

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    Helveg

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Christine - a lot of people have stumbled over this appallingly malfunctioning website and ended up making duplicate postings. It's the EDP that has the hiccups and has stuff jumping about all over the pages and frequent [false] error messages making it hard to do anything properly at the first attempt!

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    JCW

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • I think the EDP is happy to let this chaotic poster get away with his nonsense, Dickens, as usual, is trying to compare apples with ships, is unable to see the difference between burning gas and rubbish, it must be an education deficit.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • And the cure for hiccups Helveg is.........

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    Sandy.L

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • What a remarkable conclusion for Mr Bellingham to jump to. Palm need more and cheaper power. Because of the public inquiry into the Willows, there is a possibility it may not go ahead, therefore Palm need a back-up plan to generate their own power. I don't know, but I would imagine if the Willows *does* go ahead it would be more cost effective (and better for the environment) for Palm to take steam from the Willows rather than pay the large capital cost of setting up their own power station. So should the Willows get the go ahead after the public inquiry, I would expect to see Palm's proposal to be quietly kicked into the long grass.

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    Helveg

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Helveg, Palm papers original application for their factory included a power station as recycling and making paper from inferior wood pulp uses a lot of energy. At least a gas powered modern turbine will not pollute the environment as much as the proposed waste burner. That said, we can make better, tougher paper that can be recycled up to 30 times, rather than the 4 times of short wood fibres. This would require that we allow farmers to grow Hemp on a large scale and for multiple uses.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • So Bellingham wants this company to burn waste from a big chimney towering over King's Lynn but at the same time he raises questions in the House of Commons about another company doing the same. What a two faced hypocrite of an MP.

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    Dickens

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • @JCW "I have to wonder how environmentally sound paper recycling actually is"...good question that not one of the anti-incinerator protestors have asked. In fact a little research reveals that historically paper recycling is one of the biggest polluters on the planet. It has to use lots of rather unpleasant chemicals in the process and has lots of 'sludge' left over containing all sorts of nasties. Getting rid of it will be a big expensive headache for Palm Paper if the incinerator isn't built.

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    Rhombus

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

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