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Wrexham wood firm plans massive biomass plant

Published date: 27 April 2012 |
Published by: Rebecca Cole
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AN AMBITIOUS scheme to create a multi-million pound biomass plant is set to go before planners.

Kronospan’s proposal for the massive development will generate green electricity to power the wood panel factory on Holyhead Road, Chirk, by burning waste wood that would otherwise be taken to landfill.

The proposed incinerator, which could spring into life in 2014 if given the go ahead, would be capable of producing 32 megawatts of environmentally friendly power.

And it has been claimed the new plant would create 12 new jobs and secure employment for the existing 600 staff.

A spokesman for Kronospan said: “We aim to secure the long term future of the Chirk operation with the proposed biomass plant which will safeguard the existing workforce, create 12 new skilled jobs and make a large contribution to the borough’s renewable energy targets.

“The biomass plant and the associated infrastructure will allow Kronospan to use every bit of wood from the existing operation.

“In addition the delivery of recycled fibre material into an enclosed building will make a big contribution to reducing dust levels in Chirk and will also reduce the number of vehicles in Chirk as they will no longer be taking waste wood from the site.

“Wrexham Council and the Environment Agency Wales continue to be closely involved in the planning and development of the Kronospan biomass project and work is progressing towards a separate application for an environmental permit for the proposed installation.”

Plans were exhibited at Chirk Parish Hall in December, drawing a crowd of more than 170 people, as part of a public consultation and a planning application has been submitted to Wrexham Council, due to go before planners as early as June.

But residents in Chirk still have concerns about the impact the development will have on their town.

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  1. Posted by: Roland Cleth at 11:11 on 27 April 2012 Report

    Given the progress in this type of fuel, it would be a no-brainer for a business such as Kronospan. It also an extremely green energy. No downsides.

  2. Posted by: Common sense at 11:19 on 27 April 2012 Report

    Agreed,any industry that gets power from waste gets a thumbs up from me,it's the way forward.As firms start using this the technology will improve efficiency. It's just a shame it needed a ridiculous hike in fuel prices before this was considered.

  3. Posted by: a cahill at 16:31 on 27 April 2012 Report

    Good business sense..in that it protects the security of energy supply....keeping the plant up and running throughout external outages such as as flooding and labour disputes

  4. Posted by: penyffordd_district at 12:27 on 30 April 2012 Report

    Well said Tony, Roland and Common. I'm going Biomass. Going to give my gas supplier a good kicking !

  5. Posted by: Y Ffin at 22:41 on 30 April 2012 Report

    Good to hear that a company is planning to invest in the local economy!! Perhaps Kronospan could build an even bigger biomass plant and supply green energy to Chirk. that would call the nimbys' bluff!!

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