Environment campaigners call for more information over Pembroke Dock oily sludge electricity plans

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ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners are calling for greater clarity in a planning application for a facility at Pembroke Dock to convert oily sludge into electricity.

The planning application, submitted to Pembrokeshire County Council by Cardiff-based Barcud Energy Ltd, is for a 2,613sqm development at Waterloo Industrial Estate on land owned by Ledwood Mechanical Engineering Ltd.

According to planning documents, the process involves converting “residual product” from the Pembrokeshire oil refinery industry into gas to “generate low carbon electricity” for the National Grid.

Proposals include the construction of a 699sqm pyrolysis building, a 254sqm gas turbine building, a gas storage silo and a 40m high stack. The facility could generate up to 6MW and create 12 full-time jobs.

Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth objects to the application because it is “so obscurely described, there is a risk that many members of the public will not understand what the applicant intends to build - is it a power station or an incinerator?”

Campaigners argue that “at the very least ‘oil burning power generating plant’” should be included in the application’s title.

The group’s spokesman Eleanor Clegg said: “We believe it is essential that this application be re-submitted with the nature of the development much more clearly declared in its title to ensure that our democratic rights are upheld.

“We fear that members of the public have not been formally notified by this planning application regarding what is actually proposed, thus they will not be alerted to the possibility of aspects of this development to which they could well raise objections – for example, flue stacks and the emissions from them; heat rejection cooling towers; noise; vehicle movements, especially those associated with bringing fuel to site; risks associated with the bulk storage of fuel.”

Speaking as a resident only, Pembroke Dock town councillor Margaret Murton said the application was “really quite frightening”.

She said: “I’m sick of them dumping dirty stuff on Pembroke Dock, like Pembroke Dock doesn’t matter.”

Cllr Murton said she was concerned about the inappropriate site, potential pollution and transportation issues.

“It’s just not on - it’s right on the edge of town. It’s part of the town,” she added.

The deadline for comments is February 26.

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10:41pm Tue 18 Feb 14

power71 says...

One good question is if this new plant is to use a residual product from the local refinery is why is this plant not behing built on site of the refinery ?
Also a 40 ( 130ft) exhaust stack from the gas turbine exhaust will be in the prevailing wind areas W & SW ! and the stack is the same level as cosheston village roughly ! .
Is it a oil burning power plant or Incinerator this should be included in planning applications .
How will the waste be transported by lorry at a good guess & how many lorries a day will it require ?
I am not against much needed jobs but think that Pembrokeshire FOE have got a valid point & Pembroke dock town council also wiil an enviromental study be done in the adjacent areas on flora& fauna
One good question is if this new plant is to use a residual product from the local refinery is why is this plant not behing built on site of the refinery ? Also a 40 ( 130ft) exhaust stack from the gas turbine exhaust will be in the prevailing wind areas W & SW ! and the stack is the same level as cosheston village roughly ! . Is it a oil burning power plant or Incinerator this should be included in planning applications . How will the waste be transported by lorry at a good guess & how many lorries a day will it require ? I am not against much needed jobs but think that Pembrokeshire FOE have got a valid point & Pembroke dock town council also wiil an enviromental study be done in the adjacent areas on flora& fauna power71
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9:36am Wed 19 Feb 14

Bead says...

I completely agree with Cllr Murton. Why should this beautiful area be the dumping ground for all these polluting industries? Look what a mess they made of Port Talbot.
I completely agree with Cllr Murton. Why should this beautiful area be the dumping ground for all these polluting industries? Look what a mess they made of Port Talbot. Bead
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12:26pm Wed 19 Feb 14

js9325 says...

I agree it is odd that this plant isn't going to be sited close to the refinery - but don't quite understand the comments about us being a dumping ground, the sludge is already here so this plant is intended one presumes to clear up our own mess. Or does Cllr Murton know something we haven't been told; that this plant is also intended to process oily sludge from away? That truck loads will be arriving day and night from other parts of Wales, or even England? If that is the case then I would be very concerned.
I agree it is odd that this plant isn't going to be sited close to the refinery - but don't quite understand the comments about us being a dumping ground, the sludge is already here so this plant is intended one presumes to clear up our own mess. Or does Cllr Murton know something we haven't been told; that this plant is also intended to process oily sludge from away? That truck loads will be arriving day and night from other parts of Wales, or even England? If that is the case then I would be very concerned. js9325
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