waste to energy plant has come online in the Clayton Hall Landfill Site near Chorley, in Lancashire. The project is designed to capture methane gas produced from the landfilled waste and convert it into clean business electricity that will be fed into the National Grid. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.
Quercia Ltd, the sister company of Blackburn-based Neales Waste Management Ltd, owns the landfill and Manchester-based ENER-G Natural Power Limited will own the 1.1 MW capacity equipment at the plant. NEER-G will pay royalties to Quercia, allowing Quercia to avoid capital expenditures.
The companies say that the project will create enough green electricity to power 700 homes, while cutting annual carbon emissions by the equivalent of around 30,000 tonnes, equivalent to the environmental benefit of three million trees.
The level of methane extracted will vary over the 15-year lifespan of the project, so ENER-G is operating a “hire fleet” approach, which means that a larger generator can be switched for a smaller one as demand fluctuates.
Partial capping in the older areas of the site will prevent methane escaping into the atmosphere and wells have been drilled to transfer gas to a compact generator unit where the electricity conversion process takes place.