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£80 million energy park plan revealed

By Mike Cotton, Town Reporter Wednesday 5th March 2014
The artists impression of the proposed Houghton Main Renewable Energy Park

PLANS to turn a former colliery site into an £80 million renewable energy park have been revealed.


Peel Environmental is planning to build an anaerobic digestion plant, which recovers energy from breaking down waste food, as well as a timber resource recovery centre, which breaks down waste wood.

 

The plants will be side-by-side on the former Houghton Main Colliery site off Park Spring Road near Little Houghton, between Darfield and Grimethorpe.


Both plants will generate up to 23MW of electricity - enough to power about 55,000 homes - as well as heat, which could potentially be sold to nearby businesses.


It will create 30 jobs once up-and-running, as well as up to 200 jobs during the construction period, which could last up to two years.


Peel is working with the land owner, Harworth Estates, the company which manages former coal board sites, as well as Tamar Energy on the anaerobic generation side, and Northern Bio Power on the timber project.


The firm has been meeting local residents this week, and is holding two public information days at Sandhill Golf Club on March 12 and 13 from 2pm to 8pm.