CONTROVERSIAL plans for a massive incinerator are expected to soon move a step closer.
Members of Flintshire Council’s environment overview and scrutiny committee will meet tomorrow to discuss plans for the huge installation on Deeside Industrial Estate.
Calls have been made in the past to scrap the plan, after just one bidder – Wheelabrator Technologies Inc (WTI) – was left in the running, but the joint committee of the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP) decided to proceed regardless.
The incinerator – dubbed the Deeside burner – would burn 150,000 tonnes of waste a year from across North Wales, creating energy from waste.
In a report to be discussed tomorrow, a proposed timeframe shows a planning application could be submitted by September for the £800m project.
It is planned the facility, which could treat 175,000 tonnes of residual waste per annum, will become fully operational by September 2018.
The report says: “The joint committee is assured that the partnership is still in a good position to secure value for money.
“The position the NWRWTP is in with one remaining bidder is not unique, and indeed there are examples in the UK where contracts have been secured with a single bidder at a late stage in the procurement process that demonstrated value for money.”
The report states the former plan was to use road and rail provisions to transport waste to the plant, but recent research found the cost for using the rail would be very high. The decision on what transport methods are used is subject to change, but if using just road networks there would be about 45 to 55 vehicles a day going to the plant.
It also states air quality monitoring will be carried out more often than required.
It states: “This enhanced monitoring is aimed at giving reassurance to members and the local community that the emissions from the treatment facility will be within established guidelines.”
It adds: “A community benefit scheme has been approved by the joint committee.
This will provide £180,000 per annum for each of the 25 years of the contract, funded through a contribution within the gate fee paid by each authority.
“The money can be used for community and educational projects under the themes of environment, climate and energy within the locally defined Deeside Partnership Area.”
The councils in the partnership, which is made up of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy and Denbighshire authorities, needs the plant so the amount of rubbish sent to landfill is reduced to help meet Welsh Government targets.
Deputy council leader Bernie Attridge and council leader Aaron Shotton, both Connah’s Quay councillors, have previously said Flintshire cannot get out of the partnership after an agreement signed by the previous coalition administration.