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  • Non-Technical Summary

    Non-Technical Summary

    Widnes 3MG Biomass Combined Heat and

    Power (CHP) Plant, Stobart Park/3MG, Widnes

    On Behalf of Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian

    Contractors A/S (BWSC)

    Date: October 2012 Our Ref: JER5336 RPS Conrad House Beaufort Square Chepstow Monmouthshire NP16 5EP Tel: (0)1291 621 821 Fax: (0)1291 627 827 Email: rpssw@rpsgroup.com

    rpsgroup.com

  • Non-Technical Summary

    JER5336 Widnes 3MG Biomass CHP Plant rpsgroup.com October 2012

    Quality Management

    Prepared by: Tim Perkins

    Authorised by: Jenka Kaslik

    Date: October 2012

    Project Number: JER5336

    Document Reference: Non Technical Summary

    Document File Path: O:\04 JOBS\02 JOB FOLDER PLANNING\CURRENT PLANNING

    JOBS\JER5336 - Widnes Biomass\Reports\Final Planning App & ES\Non

    Technical Summary\Non Technical Summary.doc

    COPYRIGHT RPS

    The material presented in this report is confidential. This report has been prepared for the exclusive use of Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractors A/S (BWSC) and shall not be distributed or made available to any other company or person without the knowledge and written consent of Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractors A/S (BWSC) or RPS.

  • Non-Technical Summary

    Contents

    Quality Management ................................................................................................................................... i Contents ...................................................................................................................................................... ii 1 Introduction and Background................................................................................................... 1

    1.1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................ 1 1.2 Need for the Project ................................................................................................................... 1 1.3 Alternatives Considered............................................................................................................ 2 1.4 The Site ....................................................................................................................................... 2

    Location 2

    The Surrounding Area..............................................................................................................3

    Stobart Park/3MG Development ..............................................................................................3

    Planned Road Network Improvements ....................................................................................3

    Surrounding Land Uses and Proximity to Sensitive Receptors ...............................................3

    1.5 Project ......................................................................................................................................... 4 Key Characteristics of the Project............................................................................................4

    Site Operation ..........................................................................................................................5

    1.6 Access and Traffic ..................................................................................................................... 6 Construction .............................................................................................................................7

    2 CONSULTATION, SCOPING AND METHODOLOGY ............................................................... 9 2.1 Consultation ............................................................................................................................... 9 2.2 Scoping ....................................................................................................................................... 9 2.3 Methodology............................................................................................................................. 10

    3 ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS .................................................................................................. 11 3.2 Traffic ........................................................................................................................................ 11 3.3 Air Quality and Climate............................................................................................................ 11

    Local Air Quality Effects .........................................................................................................11

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions ..................................................................................................12

    3.4 Human Health ........................................................................................................................... 13 3.5 Noise and Vibration ................................................................................................................. 14 3.6 Landscape and Visual ............................................................................................................. 14 3.7 Ecology ..................................................................................................................................... 15 3.8 Ground Conditions & Hydrogeology ..................................................................................... 16 3.9 Hydrology ................................................................................................................................. 17 3.10 Socio-Economic Assessment................................................................................................. 17

    JER5336 Widnes 3MG Biomass CHP Plant rpsgroup.com October 2012

  • Non-Technical Summary

    3.11 Archaeology and Cultural Heritage........................................................................................ 18 3.12 Approach to Environmental Management and Control ....................................................... 18

    4 Conclusions.............................................................................................................................. 19

    JER5336 Widnes 3MG Biomass CHP Plant rpsgroup.com October 2012

  • Non-Technical Summary

    JER5336 Widnes 3MG Biomass CHP Plant rpsgroup.com October 2012

    Drawings

    JER5336-001 Site Location Plan

    JER5336-002 Application Boundary Plan

    3424-D2-001-201 Site Layout

  • Non-Technical Summary

    1 Introduction and Background

    1.1 Introduction

    1.1.1 On behalf of Burmeister and Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC), RPS has been

    instructed to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and produce an

    Environmental Statement (ES) for a proposed Biomass CHP Plant at the Mersey Multi Modal

    Gateway (3MG), Widnes.

    1.1.2 The ES has been prepared under the requirements of the Town and Country Planning

    (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. Schedule 4 of

    those regulations requires that a summary of the ES be provided in non-technical language.

    This document is the Non-Technical Summary.

    1.1.3 This Non-Technical Summary includes a summary of key information regarding the proposed

    Biomass CHP Plant and how environmental and social issues will be addressed during the

    construction and future operation of the proposed plant.

    1.1.4 The proposed development is for a Biomass CHP Plant which will generate renewable electricity

    and heat by combustion of wood fuel. The proposed throughput of the facility would be

    approximately 147,000 tonnes per annum and the plant will produce about 20 Megawatts

    electrical (MWe) of electricity for export to the National Grid. It is expected that up to 3.5

    Megawatts thermal (MWth) of thermal energy will also be available to local industry.

    1.1.5 The plant will use virgin and recycled wood as a fuel source to generate energy. Recovering

    energy from wood which would otherwise be landfilled avoids methane emissions that would be

    generated from its decay in landfill and therefore results in significant savings in greenhouse gas

    emissions. This provides additional sustainability benefits over using other types of biomass.

    1.2 Need for the Project

    1.2.1 The UK Government has a target of securing 15% of the UKs energy consumption from

    renewable sources by 2020. As set out in the Renewable Energy Road Map 2011, biomass use

    for electricity and heat generation is seen as one of the key technologies capable of delivering

    this target. The Government considers that bioenergy could deliver around half of the total

    generation needed to meet our 2020 renewable target.

    1.2.2 The Climate Change Act established a legally binding target to reduce the UKs greenhouse gas

    emissions by at least 34% by 2020 and 50% by 2027.

    1.2.3 Local policy, both in the adopted Halton Unitary Development Plan (UDP) and emerging Halton

    Core Strategy, is supportive of renewable CHP schemes to assist with reducing CO2 emissions.

    JER5336 Widnes 3MG Biomass CHP Plant rpsgroup.com October 2012

  • Non-Technical Summary

    1.2.4 The combined production of heat and electricity through CHP improves energy efficiency

    helping to reduce CO2 emissions and utilise