The plans to build a multi-million pound waste management facility in Deeside have been submitted to Flintshire County Council.
If given the go ahead, the energy recovery facility’ – known as Parc Adfer – will be constructed on the former steelworks site and will generate enough electricity to power 30,000 homes.
The multi-millions pound management plant will incinerate more than 200,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household waste from five North Wales counties each year, heating water to create steam. The energy would be diverted back into the national grid while waste steam could be used to heat local businesses.
The scheme has been in the pipeline since 2009, when Flintshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd and Isle of Anglesey councils joined forces to create the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project to find an appropriate site and solution to deal with non-recyclable waste.
The plans to build the energy recover facility were in response to new Welsh Government laws to allow permit 5% of waste to go to landfill by 2025.
The project is expected to create 35 full-time jobs, as well as a further 300 positions during the construction process. A community benefit fund totaling £230,000 will also be created a year which would be made available to local groups, people and organisations.
Phil Short, project manager for Wheelabrator, said:
“We’re pleased our application for Parc Adfer is now with Flintshire County Council for its consideration and that the project has moved into the planning determination stage.
“Our proposal represents a proven, sustainable solution to managing non-recyclable waste from North Wales and it will also generate jobs and supply chain opportunities for local businesses for many years to come.
“I’d encourage people to get involved in the consultation that’s now being run by Flintshire County Council and we look forward to working with the authority over the coming months as the project continues to progress.”