Wrexham wood firm plans massive biomass plant

Reporter:

Rebecca Cole

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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