New power plant for Cheshire

More than 1000 jobs look set to be created in South Wirral when a new power station starts to be built.

The site at the Ince Marshes will produce enough power for 150,000 homes from rubbish which would have just gone to landfill.

Peel Environmental are the company behind the plans, they have joined with Convanta for the £500 million venture which will create what they believe will be the UK’s biggest industrial “eco-park” designed to increase waste recycling, reprocessing and energy recovery.

The eco-park is to be located adjacent to the Stanlow Oil Refinery on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal about 10 miles to the east of Chester and within easy reach of both Manchester and Liverpool.

The facility will turn household and business waste, which cannot be sensibly recycled, into heat and up to 95 MW of electricity. That is enough electricity to meet the needs of about 150,000 homes.

Construction of the EfW facility is anticipated to commence in 2011. 

Myles Kitcher, Director of Peel Environmental said: “We are delighted to have found a partner in Covanta who is committed to delivering the EfW plant at the earliest possible opportunity.

"This means that we are looking at several hundred construction jobs over a three year period in addition to creating more than 1,000 full time jobs across the full Ince site.

"Jobs we promised during the planning process will now become a reality.”