We are Peterborough Green Energy

Our Plan

Peterborough Green Energy Limited (PGEL) has purchased the site of the approved development. On 19th July 2018 the application for the revised scheme revised layout and design scheme was validated by Peterborough City Council and will be determined in due course.

This application, if approved, will allow for the detailed elements of the scheme to be exercised and building on the site can begin. Members of the project team are available to discuss the proposals with local residents and businesses.

On Saturday 30th June and Monday 2nd July a public exhibition was held at Flag Fen. This was an opportunity for members of the public to see the updated proposals and give their feedback on the scheme.

About PGEL

We are Peterborough Green Energy (PGEL), a company focussed on providing solutions to specific waste and energy issues through the selection of best available technologies. We are dedicated to producing clean, renewable energy. 

KNM Group

KNM Group is a global brand operating 9 countries delivering over 175 years of expertise in fields of project management, engineering, manufacturing and construction in the renewable energy, utilities, refining and petrochemicals industries.

Based in Malaysia KNM Group has embarked as project owner and developer in the renewable energy, as a strategic investment with recurring income and sustainable growth.

KNM continues to enhance its core strengths and commitment in all aspects of its business and is continually seeking expansion and diversification into strategically related businesses to build a sustainable future.

For more information visit the KNM website – www.knm-group.com

The Proposals

We have been seeking to develop the land off Storey’s Bar Road as an Energy from Waste facility. Since then we have conducted stakeholder and community consultation events aimed at informing and engaging local people in the plans.

In 2009 the site was approved by the Department for Energy and Climate Change and Peterborough City Council. When approved the designs for this site were in-line with the most up to date technology available.

Over the past 9 years, technology in Energy from Waste has developed significantly, and the consented plans are no longer as technologically up to date as they were. We are therefore submitting a revised layout and design scheme to ensure that the facility operates using the most up to date technology.

As is the case with the previously consented application, the plans are seeking to deliver an Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility on the site. Along with this comes associated plant and infrastructure, a two-storey administration office building, a research and development centre, a visitor centre, a weighbridge, parking areas and internal access roads. For clarity we confirm that for the purposes of this revised scheme, the originally approved development has been split in to 3 sections; the western portion will comprise of the Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility, the northern portion will comprise of the offices, research and development centre and visitor centre, with the eastern portion remaining undeveloped. There are no plans to develop the eastern portion of the site at present. In addition to the Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility, we are also looking to create a separate two-storey building that will have a number of functions, including;
  • An administration office
  • A research and development centre
  • A visitor centre with conference and catering facilities
The building has been sensitively designed to fit into its surrounding landscape and to interact with the new onsite ecological habitats created to the northern and western sides of the building. The building will have direct pedestrian links to the main facility to the west, with sufficient car parking provided to the south, and hard and soft landscaping integrating the building into the wider area. The visitor centre will be available for education and community groups, as well as members of the public, to learn more about waste management and renewable.

Since we gained approval for an Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility on this site in 2009, technology has continued to advance, and we are therefore proposing to use more efficient methods and an alternative design to maximise energy generation on site. This includes:

  • A smaller built footprint, with increases in height of around 15m in part
  • One combined flue stack of 80m, a change from 9 stacks of 53.8m in height
  • Reduced numbers of boilers and steam turbines
  • Reduced development area – no longer a separate building in the eastern portion of the site

The process of creating Energy from Waste is governed by strict rules from the Environment Agency which puts in place a clear framework which must be adhered to in order to operate.

The buildings have been carefully designed to fit seamlessly into the context of the local area. Parts of the site which are not hard paved will be sympathetically landscaped, particularly at site boundaries, along water bodies and around car parking areas. There will also be a 2.4m high perimeter fence to ensure that the site is safe from trespass.

No – the waste is brought into the building by completely covered HGVs and unloaded within the building. The building itself is kept at negative air pressure, sucking in air rather than letting it out to ensure that smells do not escape. The potential impact of the site to create odour nuisance has been assessed as part of a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment and has been deemed to be negligible due to the controls in place.

Traffic and Transport

The local roads that lead to the A1139 Frank Perkins Parkway and A15 Paston Parkway are already used by heavy goods vehicles and are capable of accommodating the numbers and types of vehicles associated with the development.

During both the construction and operational phases of the project, we envisage the traffic route to be as shown as indicated in blue.

Two access points are proposed from Storey’s Bar Road to secure access to the proposed administration offices, research & development centre and visitor centre and separate access to the Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility.

Across the two buildings we will be creating 120 car parking spaces as well as cycle parking.
A shared footway and cycleway is proposed to connect the site to the existing cycle and pedestrian routes to the west, helping to encourage travel to and from the site using the sustainable modes of travel

Benefits of the scheme

The scheme has a number of key social benefits including:

  • A gross generating capacity of 42.7MW of energy with the ability to power approximately 71,000 homes
  • Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill
  • Reducing emissions that would have been produced from waste decomposition in landfill
  • New jobs for local people – it is anticipated that around 250 people will be employed during the construction phase of the project (over 34 months) and 136 people will be employed during full operation. These jobs will be both skilled and unskilled, offering a diversity of opportunities.
  • Assisting to meet the City Council’s aspirations to be the Environment Capital of the UK, which will have spin-off economic benefits in terms of grouping of compatible industries and technologies and a destination for new business investment.
  • Creating a new state of the art visitor centre designed to maximise opportunities for education and community groups, as well as members of the public to learn about waste management and ways that waste can be used as a fuel to produce vital renewable energy.
  • Contributing to significant areas of ecological habitat and landscape planting enhancement on land within PGEL’s control.

FAQs

Facilities and Operation

We are putting forward revised proposals for an Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility on this site. This was granted consent in 2009 by Peterborough City Council and the Department for Energy and Climate Change, but technology has advanced since then and we’re looking to maximise energy production on the site.
We envisage the plant gross generating capacity to be 42.7MW, sufficient to power around 71,000 homes. Approval of the previous scheme allows us to generate up to 80MW.
This plant will reduce the amount of waste going into landfill, instead providing fuel for the facility and creating renewable, clean energy. Landfill is an increasingly unsustainable model of disposal, one which produces significant air and land pollution and one which sees reusable materials discarded.

The Energy from Waste facility works by the following process;

  1. Fuel will be delivered to the site in fully covered HGVs prior to being examined, weighed and loaded directly into the facility
  2. This is then stored and mixed within the enclosed building before being fed into the combustion system process
  3. The fuel is then heated and the heat generated from the combustion process is transferred to steam in the heat recovery boilers
  4. The steam is then used to drive turbine generator in order to generate energy
  5. Following the combustion process, the gas generated is cleaned through the flue gas purification system, and then released into the atmosphere via the stacks
The park will have no adverse effect on Flag Fen, and we have undertaken detailed technical studies including archaeological, hydrological and air impact reports that demonstrate this. We are keen to be an active and supportive neighbour of Flag Fen and have agreed to put a hydrological recharge system in place if there is likely to be a Material Hydrological Change determined at any point.
The delivery of fuel and removal of residue will take place over the following tightly controlled hours: Fuel: 07:00 -1900 Monday to Saturday, excluding Bank Holidays and 08:00-1600 on Sunday Collected materials: 06:00 -1800 Monday to Saturday, excluding Bank Holidays and 08:00-1600 on Sunday

The process of creating Energy from Waste is governed by strict rules from the Environment Agency which puts in place a clear framework which must be adhered to in order to operate. 

The air quality assessment concludes that the emissions to atmosphere from the proposed facility will have negligible effect when compared to the current status of the site.

No, all noise will be contained within the facility. Noise levels are expected to be at their highest during the construction phase although work will be limited to day-time working hours and contractors will be obliged to adhere to all codes of best practice.
No. The facility must conform to rigorous operating procedures that are monitored and enforced by the Environment Agency.
No – the fuel is brought into the building by completely covered HGVs and unloaded within the building. The building itself is kept at negative air pressure, sucking in air rather than letting it out to ensure that smells do not escape. The potential impact of the site to create odour nuisance has been assessed as part of a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment and has been deemed to be negligible due to the controls in place.
The buildings have been carefully designed to fit seamlessly into the context of the local area. Parts of the site which are not hard paved will be sympathetically landscaped, particularly at site boundaries, along water bodies and around car parking areas. There will also be a 2.4m high perimeter fence to ensure that the site is safe from trespass.
Yes. The facility must conform to rigorous operating procedures that are monitored and enforced by the Environment Agency.

Economic and Community Benefits

Yes. This scheme will see over 250 jobs created during the 34-month construction period and a further 136 jobs onsite when fully operational. These will be a mix of skilled and unskilled roles.

Aside from the employment opportunities generated by the facility it will have the following wider benefits:

  • Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill
  • Reducing emissions that would have been produced from waste decomposition in landfill
  • Assisting to meet the City Council’s aspirations to be the Environment Capital of the UK, which will have spin-off economic benefits in terms of grouping of compatible industries and technologies and a destination for new business investment.
  • Creating a new state of the art visitor centre designed to maximise opportunities for education and community groups, as well as members of the public to learn about waste management and ways that waste can be used as a fuel to produce vital renewable energy.
  • Contributing to significant areas of ecological habitat and landscape planting enhancement on land within PGEL’s control.
Yes, we will look to recruit within the local area, and will also be investigating opportunities for internships and apprenticeships.

Transport

The local roads that lead to the A1139 Frank Perkins Parkway and A15 Paston Parkway are already used by heavy goods vehicles and are capable of accommodating the numbers and types of vehicles associated with the development. Two access points are proposed from Storey’s Bar Road to secure access to the proposed administration offices, research & development centre and visitor centre and separate access to the Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility. A shared footway and cycleway is proposed to connect the site to the existing cycle and pedestrian routes to the west, helping to encourage travel to and from the site using the sustainable modes of travel.
It is proposed that there will be 60 parking spaces adjacent to the administration offices and visitor information centre – this will include 5 accessible spaces. A further 60 spaces, with 5 accessible will be included adjacent to the main building. 30 cycle spaces are also to be included at each location.

Application

We’re looking to submit revised documents to the Council this month.
  • The revised application differs from the original in three main ways:
  • A reduced site footprint, achieved by increasing the building height by up to 15m;
  • One combined flue stack of 80m, changed from 9 stacks of 53.8m;
  • Reduced number of boilers and steam turbines.
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Downloads

If you were not able to attend our consultation events on the 30th June or 2nd July, don’t worry, we have included links below so you can download the materials displayed. Alternatively, please call or email and we will be happy to send you copies