Gas re-cycling gets go-ahead

The Niramax landfill site. Picture by FRANK REID
The Niramax landfill site. Picture by FRANK REID

INNOVATIVE plans by a recycling firm to build a facility to turn gas into electricity have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Niramax has been given the green light to build a compound in Thomlinson Road, Hartlepool, containing gas engines and associated equipment, for the control of landfill gas that will allow it to be turned into electricity.

The plans were recently discussed and approved by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee.

Plans submitted to the meeting said landfill gas is currently collected by a pipe network which results in gas being “combusted” through a flare stack which is currently situated on the western side of the landfill site.

Approval means the compound will contain mobile equipment, comprising a generator house in an acoustic container and an 18ft-high vent, as well as a cabinet containing control equipment, all of which will be sited inside a 7ft-high fence.

The energy generated will then be exported to the grid via an existing sub-station within the site.

The facility is proposed to operate constantly and remain on site for a period of 15 years, after which time the equipment and bases would be removed and the site restored.

There will be stainless steel exhaust silencers mounted to the roof of the containers.

The plans were passed despite 27 letters of objection which raised concerns about the risk of toxic gases/emissions impacting on residents, odours, noise, nuisance, dust and vermin.

A report to the meeting said: “The gas will be collected from the existing series of pipes within the landfill.

“The energy generated from the generators will then be exported to the grid via an existing sub-station within the site.”

Planning officers said access during construction and operation will be via the existing access road to the site from Thomlinson Road.

The planning committeeis chaired by Labour councillor Rob Cook.