Have your say on plans for the 'Deeside burner'

Reporter:

David Humphreys

DEESIDE residents are being invited to hsave their say on plans to build an £800 million incinerator.

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc (WTI) has released a schedule of drop-in sessions that residents will be able to attend to voice their thoughts and have questions answered on the construction of the giant waste burning facility – dubbed the Deeside burner.

The American company will host six dates in June where residents can to speak to project chiefs ahead of a planning application being submitted to Flintshire Council in the autumn.

The proposed plant, which would be built on a former steelworks site at Deeside Industrial Park, would burn up to 200,000 tonnes of waste a year from across North Wales, creating energy from waste.

WTI said the incinerator site would be called Parc Adfer, to reflect how it could help the region recover energy from its non-recyclable waste. Adfer means to recover or restore in the Welsh language.

An artist’s impression of what the site would look like once built has also been released, above.

The proposed facility would generate enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes.

The facility will also create heat or steam which could be piped to nearby users.

About 300 jobs would be created during the construction phase, and about 35 full time jobs once the facility is operational by September, 2018.

WTI has put forward these proposals following its appointment as preferred bidder by the North Wales Waste Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP), a partnership between five local authorities – with Flintshire Council as the lead authority.

The incinerator will burn non-recyclable waste from five counties across North Wales, Flintshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd and Isle of Anglesey, over the next 25 years.

Vice president of UK operations at WTI, Gary Aguinaga, said: “This is our first opportunity to talk to local people about the technology we’re proposing and explain how we intend to build and operate this facility in a safe and responsible way.

“We want people to ask us questions because that means we can start to address some of the concerns that have been raised and we can demonstrate how our experience and commitment to excellence will make this a facility of which North Wales can be proud.

“I’d encourage people to contact us, find out how they can get involved and ensure they make their views known.”

The consultation will run until Friday July 11 with further information available online from today at www.parcadfer.com

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