Information on the proposed Energy from Waste facility in Saddlebow, King's Lynn - Updated 28 May 2013
R1 Energy Efficiency Capability Awarded
In May 2013 we determined that the proposed energy from waste facility in Saddlebow, King’s Lynn is capable of achieving an R1 energy efficiency rating. Incinerators can fall into five categories: for waste prevention, recovery, preparation, recycling and disposal.
Being in the ‘recovery’ category means that they can convert waste into energy. To be a recovery service, the incinerator’s operators must first be granted R1 status by the Environment Agency.
To do so, the incinerator’s operators have to demonstrate that their energy efficiency meets a certain standard as part of the ‘R1 Energy Efficiency Formula. We received an R1 status application from Corey Wheelabrator Consortium where they included information about their plant, such as boiler design, energy input and energy output.
As the required standards within the submission have been met, the proposed facility has been awarded the status of an energy recovery facility.
This certification will need to be validated when plant acceptance data is available and annually thereafter.
For more information, you can visit the waste incineration and energy recovery pages on our website.
Our briefing note on the qualifying criteria for meeting R1 status can be found here:
On 31 July 2012 we granted an environmental permit to Willows Power and Recycling Limited to operate an energy from waste facility in Saddlebow, King’s Lynn.
This decision was the outcome of our careful consideration, and thorough determination, of the application. As a result we are satisfied that the proposed facility will not harm the health of local people or the environment.
We made some minor amendments as a result of comments made during the draft permit consultation which closed on 23 May 2012. These are detailed in the final decision document.
A copy of our final decision document has been placed in the public register, together with the reasons and considerations on which we have based this decision, including any changes that have been made following this assessment.
The environmental permit is separate from planning application, which has been considered by Norfolk County Council in June 2012 and is currently subject to a 'holding direction' from the Secretary of State.
Our decision to permit the Incinerator has been completely independent of the planning process.
The environmental permit and the decision document outlining how we reached our decision are available below, they will also be available on public registers at:
Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Environment Agency
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