What will Come Out of the Chimney?UPDATE

Engineers Rolton Group have teamed up with project managers Kilbride Infrastructure have formed a joint venture to deliver “Renewable Energy Centres”. They are proposing to build a 14.5 megawatt plant on the vacant plot on the Keypoint industrial estate.

The fuel is domestic and industrial refuse net of recyclable content. The output is electricity and hot water.

This will be sold at wholesale price to a “Community Interest Company” (CIC) who will sell it on to local businesses.

The CIC will keep the profit made, which will be used in the “local community” as decided by its Directors. RK have already been in talks with Swindon Borough Council about the advantages of the scheme.

It is clear that neither company have technical knowledge of the operation of these facilities and were unable to tell the Parish Council what will come out of the chimney. They will be entering into a partnership with a specialist company to provide this technical expertise.

We are told that “ Energos is currently the preferred supplier of the technology and the planning application will be based around its technology.”

The Energos website is informative, and in particular at

 http://www.all-energy.co.uk/__novadocuments/86899?v=635675612646970000 ?  This includes a table of emissions data.

It is noteworthy that the proposed plant would be their biggest yet.


Friends of the Earth in Northampton have expressed concerns, particularly over the risks posed by dioxin levels. See


Whilst it is undoubtedly the case that dioxins are bad, it is hard to determine from the FOE article whether there is evidence of a real risk from this kind of facility. I see that the Energos website suggests that their proposed dioxin emission will be in the region of 1% of EU limits.

In any event, villagers may wish to attend the public exhibition at the South Marston Hotel between 3.00 and 8.00 on Thursday 3rd March and ask appropriate questions.

Colin McEwen Chair SMPC 03.03.2016


One thought on “What will Come Out of the Chimney?UPDATE”

  1. my main concerns are:
    150,000 tonnes of waste a year – so about 10,000 lorry loads but on what part of the road network?
    The main building is 25m heigh – that’s about the height of 5 houses stacked on to of each other!!!
    And the link showing existing working plants seem to be to much smaller facilities.

    I will be putting these questions to them at the meeting.

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