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8 September 2010, 00:00 | Updated: 8 September 2010, 06:50
Local residents invited to have their say about proposals for a new renewable electricity generating facility at Shoreham Port
Specialist renewable energy company Edgeley Green Power is seeking the views of local residents from Southwick and Fishersgate about their plans to build a small renewable electricity generating facility at Shoreham Port.
The company hopes to develop and operate the £12m modern power station on a one acre site next door to Shoreham Power Station on Fishersgate Terminal - an established industrial and power generating area. It will be fuelled by a variety of inedible plant oils and vegetable oils unfit for human consumption, which will be transported direct to the site by ship rather than road.
Should the planning application be successful, the company plans to complete construction and become fully operational next year. It will generate approximately 32 mega watts of electricity per hour – enough for 18,000 average homes, the equivalent of powering more than the whole of Shoreham, Southwick and Portslade.
Edgeley Green Power has organised exhibitions over two days, so they can showcase their proposals to the public and seek feedback, prior to submitting a planning application for their proposed development in the Autumn.
The events are taking place on Wednesday 8 September from 12 to 8.30pm and Thursday 9 September from 10am to 12.30pm in the George Porter Room at Southwick Community Centre, 24 Southwick Street, Southwick BN42 4TE.
There will be the chance to talk to the Edgeley Green Power project team including chief executive Mike Reynolds, learn about the detail of the proposed development, view displays including plans and artist impressions of what the modern clean renewable power generating facility could look like and give feedback.
20 permanent jobs are set to be created once it becomes operational, including an apprenticeship scheme for school leavers and it is hoped these can be recruited into from the local area where possible.
The proposed development is made up of:
• A west facing 38m long x 20m wide x 19m high engine hall which will house the power generating engines and conceal alternators, designed with a curved roof inspired by the shape of a wave
• A chimney located next to the engine hall with a height expected to be less than 65m high
• A reception and administration building
• Four main storage tanks, three of which will be 11.8m wide and 16m high, and one smaller tank at 7.8m wide and 10m high.
• Two small fuel tanks
• A small boiler house adjacent to the front of the engine house
• A substation which will house a control room for the transformer operating equipment
• Transformers to convert the electricity generated for distribution via the Local Distribution Network.
Mike Reynolds, Edgeley Green Power’s chief executive said: “Shoreham Port is the ideal location for us because we can bring all our fuel in by sea directly to site, meaning we can take full advantage of the port’s facilities and not impact on road traffic locally.
“We hope local residents will visit our exhibition which will be a great opportunity for us to hear their views, explain about our proposed development and hopefully allay any concerns. We will take all feedback into account before submitting our planning application later this year.”
Shoreham Port’s development director Peter Davies added: “We see renewable energy as a key part of the port’s future and Edgeley Green Power’s proposals for a new power plant fits very well with the port masterplan.”
To find out more log on to Edgeley Green (from 12pm on Wednesday 8 September). If you have any queries about the proposed development please email: firstname.lastname@example.org