Palm Paper wants to build a power station next to its paper mill in King’s Lynn

The power station would be built to the east of the Palm paper mill. Picture: Mike Page The power station would be built to the east of the Palm paper mill. Picture: Mike Page

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
10:58 AM

The company currently buys “significant” amounts of electricity to power its plant.

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It says by generating its own power, as it does at two of its plants in Germany, it could reduce its carbon footprint and help the UK meet its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

In a statement published in today’s EDP, Palm Paper says it intends to apply to the secretary of state for permission to build a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant.

It says the building would be 55m long, 33m wide and 25m high, while its stack would be 80m high. It would be constructed on what is currently open land to the east of the paper mill, which opened in 2009.

In a statement on its website, Palm says: “The operation of the proposed CCGT plant will displace the two existing, and considerably less efficient, package boilers, and it will reduce overall CO2 emissions per unit electricity or steam generated (carbon intensity), which would be beneficial to the UK meeting its greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments.”

Before it can submit a formal application, Palm must carry out consultation over the proposals.

Plans will be on show at King’s Lynn Library, from 9am - 5pm (Mon - Thurs) and 9am - 8pm (Sat); Gaywood Library, from 9.30am - 5pm (Mon - Thurs) and 9am - 1pm (Sat) and West Norfolk council’s offices in Chapel Street, from 8.45am - 5.15pm (Mon- Thurs) and 8.45am - 4.45pm (Fri).

Click here for the full plans.

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