Plans for a £40 million tyre reprocessing centre on the South Humber Bank remain on the agenda, despite the loss of a consented site.
Somerset-based Mishergas gained planning permission for the facility at Immingham Railfreight Terminal, Stallingborough, in late 2017.
But the husband and wife-led team missed out on the purchase of the site, on Kiln Lane Industrial Estate, which is now being brought forward for multiple small-scale energy-from-waste units.
Now two years on, the search remains on for a suitable location, with 45 to 60 jobs eyed up, as an application goes in for two 20MW units on the site, from Immingham Industrial Estates.
In the intervening period Nottingham-based Nu-Energy Ltd had brought forward an initial proposal, to which the latest appears complementary.
The plant would handle 940 tonnes a day of refuse-derived waste, and be combined heat and power ready, should demand materialise. A £130-million investment, it would create up to 38 jobs for the 20-year lifecycle.
Mishergas was a third significant refuse-focused process to be revealed for the area in the space of a few weeks, in an inward investment package totalling more than £250 million that emerged.
Proposals were also put forward for a plastic reprocessing operation from Australian company Integrated Green Energy Solutions on the former Courtaulds site, re-born as Humber Gate, and a 50MW waste-to-energy plant from North Beck Energy on neighbouring land off the entrance to Port of Immingham East.
Mishergas founders Dan and Vicki Templar brought extensive experience of renewable technologies built up over the past 15 years to the scheme, and are currently developing a site in the south. They still have ambitions for the area.
Mrs Templar said: “The one we were developing, the site near Immingham, saw us get gazumped. We are trying to develop another site, and are working with the council looking for an alternative.”
The plan was to convert 50,000 tonnes of tyres through the process of pyrolysis, creating 31 million litres of oil that could be blended with diesel as a recognised renewable fuel, and 17,000 tonnes of carbon black, with could be used in car tyre production, bumper manufacture, cables and other plastic uses. Recovered steel wire can also be recycled.
At Humber Gate, the site at the centre of the South Humber Industrial Investment Programme, with a new road being put in across the entrance to the sprawling former fibres plant.
Since plans were first announced IGE has developed out a Dutch site, where it has recently entered the commissioning phase. It had previously said the “progress of development continues” with UK projects, while adding “the immediate, major focus of the company’s resources is the construction of the Amsterdam site”.
More recently, in the company’s annual meeting held at the end of November, an update was given on the global plans to shareholders, with sites in Thailand and Northampton next in line, and due to start construction this quarter, ahead of Grimsby – fourth on a roll-out list of 20.
A spokesperson for North Beck Energy, consented in October 2018, said it is “working towards financial close” on the land held by Able UK.
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