Dozens of jobs coming to Burton and South Derbyshire at new power plant

More than 30 jobs are set to be created at a new low-carbon power plant to be built just outside Burton, it has been revealed. Vital Energi has signed a major contract to develop a new energy-from-waste facility on the site of the former Drakelow Power Station. Now company chiefs have revealed that once it is completed, the new plant will create more than 30 long-term jobs on the site.

The facility will be the first fully manned tenant of the new Drakelow Energy Park industrial development. Bosses have also moved to ease concerns about an increase in HGV traffic going through the surrounding villages, which has already been highlighted as a problem in areas such as Stapenhill and villages in South Derbyshire. Councillors covering both areas raised this a major concern surrounding the development.

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A spokesman for Vital Energi has today said vehicle movements will be subject to restrictions during fuel delivery and waste disposal times, which they say "will be adhered to implicitly".

The spokesman said: "We remain really excited at the opportunity to be the first project on the old Drakelow Power Station site which, when completed, will generate over 30 long-term permanent jobs on the site for the community.

An artist's impression of the proposes renewable energy centre

"The project got support during the planning process and the amended planning permission significantly reduces the scale of the building required to house the technology. "We have now also gained our environmental permit, which is one of the first in the UK to be issued under the new BREF (documents which cover the disposal or recovery of waste) which will make our facility one of the leaders in its asset class for emissions. "As part of achieving our planning permission vehicle movements were considered and assessed with restrictions placed on times for deliveries of fuel and removal of waste from the site which will be adhered to implicitly.

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"The project is currently in the ground working phase and continues to make great progress in this unprecedented time we find ourselves in.

"We are maintaining all government guidelines for safe working on a construction site. "We look forward to supplying further updates as the project develops through the phases of construction."

Dozens of jobs coming to Burton and South Derbyshire at new power plantThe new plant would be allowed to operate for 30 years

The new energy-from-waste facility plans to generate 18MWe of electricity from non-recyclable Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), such as domestic and business waste, and provide energy for 14,000 homes. It is designed to divert waste from landfill and will be able to process 169,000 tonnes of RDF each year.

The land is owned by EON and the facility will have a 33-year lease - as well as a lease for an area of storage for equipment and materials away from the main construction site. The new plant is scheduled to be completed by 2023 and Vital Energi will have a 30-year concession to operate it. It will work by RDF being combusted and the "syngas" - a fuel-gas mixture - produced during this process being consumed by a boiler to create steam, which then drives an 18MWe steam turbine to generate electricity.

Vital Energi has designed the facility so that the heat generated can be used to provide heat and hot water for nearby developments if needed.

The firm has been asked what roles the new jobs will entail.

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