CHP plant bids under scrutiny

Planning applications for eight large combined heat and power (CHP) plants totalling over 670MW are being considered by the Government, energy minister John Battle revealed last week. The two largest schemes are a proposed 215MW plant for Shotton Paper in Flintshire and a 140MW unit for ICI Runcorn in Cheshire. Battle also said the Government […]

Planning applications for eight large combined heat and power (CHP) plants totalling over 670MW are being considered by the Government, energy minister John Battle revealed last week.

The two largest schemes are a proposed 215MW plant for Shotton Paper in Flintshire and a 140MW unit for ICI Runcorn in Cheshire.

Battle also said the Government was considering three CHP gas-burning schemes, but declined to name them on grounds of commercial confidentiality.

The Combined Heat and Power Association said that to meet the target of 10,000MW of installed CHP capacity by 2010, the Government should introduce an energy tax that could be recycled into low-carbon technologies as a matter of urgency. This would fit in with proposals published two weeks ago in Lord Marshall’s energy taskforce report.

‘We are already falling significantly below the level of activity needed to achieve the proposed target,’ said David Green, CHPA director.

* News Analysis, page 14