Keypoint Swindon Energy

Project: Keypoint Swindon Energy Centre
Location: Land at Keypoint 145, Thornhill Road, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 4RY
Status: Planning permission granted

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Rolton Kilbride's appeal has been allowed, and planning permission has been granted for a renewable energy centre on available land at Keypoint 145, Thornhill Road, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 4RY.

The energy centre will use clean, safe and proven cutting-edge gasification technology currently deployed in Japan, to produce energy from waste after recycling has taken place. The facility will be capable of generating 14.5 MW/hr of electricity and 1.5MW of heat.

The facility will employ 20 full time operators, maintenance technicians, engineers and managers. Experience indicates that these people are most likely to be recruited and live locally to the facility. There will also be indirect employment for local deliveries, maintenance and support and there will be potential employment with regards to the adjacent warehouse facility with up to 40 full time jobs. Full specialist training will be provided and the potential to include apprenticeships is being explored too.

The centre will offer energy security for local organisations at a competitive rate with the potential to offer lower cost energy, providing a secure, predictable and sustainable energy source for local businesses.

The facility could become operational in approximately three years. Should you have any queries please contact us.

Benefits include:

  • Bringing down the cost of doing business
  • Offering a sustainable and predictable energy source
  • Helping to grow the local economy
  • Creating technical jobs for the local area
  • Fitting in with government policy to provide sustainable, renewable energy production close to use, moving away from the ‘Big 6’ energy providers
  • Helping to decarbonise the economy

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The facility must adhere to the strict emission limits set out in the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), which was published in 2010 to combine and replace seven existing EU Directives governing pollution control. Its aim is to achieve significant environmental and public health benefits by reducing emissions across the European Union Member States. If a facility cannot comply with these limits, it will be shut down by the Environment Agency.