9 May 2013

Shoreham Port is pleased to report that the plans for a small renewable electricity generating facility at the Port have been passed by Adur District Council’s planning committee.

Specialist renewable energy company Edgeley Green Power will soon be starting the construction of their £20 million biofuel power station. It will be built on a one acre site next to the existing Shoreham Power Station on Fishersgate Terminal.

Mike Reynolds, Edgeley Green Power’s Chief Executive said “we are delighted our plans for a new renewable power station have been approved by Adur District Council, and we look forward to starting construction by the end of this year and we aim to become fully operational in early 2015.  Projects such as this are important because they contribute to the security of energy supply and will create local jobs.”

As an Eco-Port, Shoreham fully supports Edgeley Green Power in their aim to provide a renewable energy source for the local area. The Port is an ideal location for renewable energy projects and Shoreham Port has identified this as an important growth area.  The power station will generate approximately 32 mega watts of renewable electricity, which is enough to meet the average needs of 18,000 homes every year. For comparison this is equivalent to more than the whole of Shoreham, Southwick and Portslade.

The new power station will be fuelled by a range of independently audited vegetable and plant oils and animal fats which are not fit for human consumption. These are required to meet the sustainability criteria within the Renewable Obligation, a Government scheme designed to encourage generation of electricity from renewable sources. The fuel will be transported direct to the site by ship rather than road.

Twenty permanent jobs are set to be created once the power station opens for business, including an apprenticeship scheme and the staff will be recruited from the local area where possible. It is also estimated more than seventy temporary jobs will be created.

Shoreham Port’s Development Director, Peter Davies also welcomed the news saying “we are pleased the project has been given the go ahead. It is good for the Port and good for jobs. The planning authority properly looked into local people’s concerns about the fuel source and possible environmental aspects and found the scheme to be both safe and sustainable. We now look forward to seeing the power station being built.”

If you would like to find out more about the Edgeley Green power station please visit www.edgeleygreenpowershoreham.co.uk

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