FAQs

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the project. For information about the owners and operators of the plant, and the plans behind it, please visit https://lostocksep.fccenvironment.co.uk/.

About Lostock SEP

01. What is the Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant (Lostock SEP)?

The Lostock SEP is an energy from waste (EfW) facility located at the Lostock Works site near Northwich in Cheshire. 

It will recover energy from approximately 600,000 tonnes per year of refuse-derived fuel (RDF). RDF is residual waste left over after reusable and recyclable material has been removed. The facility will generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of around 125,000 homes per year. 

The site of Lostock SEP has hosted industrial manufacturing activity for more than 100 years.

02. What are the benefits of Lostock SEP?

Lostock SEP is an EfW plant that will recover energy safely and cleanly, from residual waste.

There are four main benefits:

  • Reduce landfill: the plant will divert residual waste away from landfill, which is an unsustainable and environmentally damaging way of managing waste.
  • Renewable energy: Lostock SEP will produce renewable electricity constantly so it is not intermittent, like solar and wind power.
  • Generate power: it will generate renewable electricity to provide power to the equivalent of around 125,000 homes.
  • It is a clean, safe way of treating waste that cannot be economically or practically recycled, and displaces the use of fossil fuel.

03. What is the cost of the project and how is it funded?

Lostock SEP is a £480 million project and is one of the largest investments at the Lostock site. It is being funded through a joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and FCC Environment (FCC), and the funding is split 60% / 40% respectively. The CIP/FCC joint venture company is called LSEP.

04. Does the facility have planning consent?

Yes. Planning consent for the facility was granted on 2nd October 2012, by John Hayes MP, the then Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Consent was granted under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, to Tata Chemicals Europe and EON Energy from Waste, to construct and operate a 60MW EfW generation station. The Secretary of State directed, under section 90(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, that planning permission for the facility be granted.

05. Why is this facility needed?

As a country, we need to get far better at managing our waste. Every year we send a huge amount of waste to landfill or export it to other countries. It not only costs to export, but it’s damaging to the climate and polluting the environment of other countries too. The waste could be better used to generate renewable electricity and heat here in the UK.

More renewable energy power stations are needed across the UK to fill the gaps left by the old coal-fired plants, which are gradually being decommissioned.

Lostock SEP will constantly generate renewable electricity, creating the equivalent energy to power around 125,000 homes. It will therefore make a valuable, positive contribution to renewable energy in the UK.

06. Why have you chosen this location?

The joint venture considered two sites for the facility, Winnington and Lostock. Overall, Lostock was selected as the preferred site because:

  • It has better site access.
  • The site previously housed a power station – the land use is therefore similar.
  • The land is allocated in the Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) Waste Local Plan for waste management purposes.

07. Who is behind the project?

Lostock SEP is being built through a joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and FCC Environment (FCC). The plant will be entirely funded, owned, constructed and operated by a joint venture company called LSEP.

The equity funding is split 60% / 40% respectively between CIP and FCC. FCC will also operate the facility and source the waste for the plant.

08. Who is CIP?

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) is a Danish fund management company founded in 2012, which focuses on energy-related infrastructure across a number of technologies. It currently invests in energy projects including offshore wind, onshore wind, offshore power transmission, biomass and waste to energy, and solar PV investments. CIP operates in Europe, North America and East Asia (Taiwan).

Find out more by visiting: www.cipartners.dk.

09. Who is FCC?

FCC Environment (FCC) is a UK-based waste and resource management company. Its approach is to minimise the amount of waste that ends up in landfill by transforming it into valuable resources. The company employs nearly 2,400 people across the UK and operates a range of waste management sites, including material recycling facilities (MRF), EfW plants and landfill sites.

Find out more by visiting: www.fccenvironment.co.uk.

FCC will operate the plant and will source the 600,000 tonnes of waste each year for Lostock SEP.

10. Is Lostock SEP connected to the Ørsted Renescience Project?

No. The two projects are entirely separate and use different processes. The Renescience (Ørsted) plant uses enzymes, mechanical sorting, recycled water and anaerobic digestion to separate household waste into recyclables. During the anaerobic digestion process, biogas is created. This is a renewable fuel and is used to generate electricity. The other by-products include RDF, which can also be used for energy generation. The two projects are not linked or dependent on each other.

When the Renescience planning application was submitted, Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) took into account the planning consent previously granted to the Lostock SEP, including the likely traffic movements when both plants are operational. This took place before consent was granted to Renescience, so the council has planned and accounted for both facilities.

11. Who will construct the facility?

A joint venture between two major construction companies, CNIM and Clugston, was formed to build the facility but unfortunately, Clugston went into administration in December 2019. To ensure the uninterrupted continuation of construction and the successful delivery of the project, CNIM has taken on Clugston’s employees at this and four other sites in the UK. 

Process engineering

CNIM Group will predominantly deliver the process elements, such as the boiler and steam turbine. CNIM is an international specialist in waste treatment and waste-to-energy solutions. It designs, builds and operates turnkey plants for the treatment of household and non-hazardous waste.

Find out more by visiting: https://cnim.com/en/energy.

Civil engineering

The civil engineering works will include foundations, steelwork and site infrastructure. Some elements of this work will be subcontracted to other companies whilst being managed by CNIM.

Enabling works

The first stage of the project is to relocate some assets from the site and demolish the decommissioned coal-fired power station. On behalf of CNIM, the Carey Group is completing these “enabling works”. These works prepare the building site for construction and enable the civil programme to commence. Carey Group is a family-owned construction business, operating across the UK and Ireland.

Find out more by visiting: www.careysplc.co.uk.

12. What is Energy from Waste (EfW)?

EfW is the process of generating electricity or heat (or a mixture of both) cleanly and safely from the treatment or processing of waste into fuel. During the process, the waste is combusted in order to raise steam in a boiler. This steam is then used to drive a steam turbine which then turns a generator which converts the energy into electricity ready for export.

13. What is RDF?

Refuse-derived fuel or RDF is the term used to describe waste after all reusable, recyclable and economically viable material has been removed. As a result, the Lostock SEP is complementary to recycling, recovering renewable power from waste that cannot be recycled.

14. Will the plant inhibit recycling?

No. The facility will process RDF, which is the waste left over after all reusable and recyclable material has been removed. Lostock SEP will constantly generate electricity and steam from non-recyclable waste, which otherwise would have been sent to landfill. Therefore, the facility will make a valuable, positive contribution to renewable energy and reducing fossil fuel use in the UK.

15. Are there other sites like this in the UK?

Yes. Energy from Waste is not a new concept and there are many facilities already operating within the UK. The Government’s Renewable Energy Planning Database, published by Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy in March 2019, shows that there are currently 47 EfW facilities currently operating in the UK with electricity outputs ranging from 3MWe up to 100MWe.

Operation

16. How does the process work?

EfW divides into two broad categories: anaerobic digestion, which uses bacteria to decompose the waste, and thermal treatment. Lostock SEP will be a thermal EfW facility.

Waste is deposited into a bunker from sealed, covered waste wagons. The bunker is housed in the reception hall, where the atmosphere is kept under negative pressure. This means that any odours are contained within the facility and dealt with through the waste treatment process. The waste is then loaded into a hopper before being fed onto the grate. On the grate, the waste dries out and then starts to combust. The waste and flue gases from the waste are heated (using its own energy) to at least 850°C – 1150°C for two seconds. This helps to destroy and prevent the reformation of harmful substances including dioxins.

As the waste is heated, it is used to generate steam, which drives a steam turbine and generates electricity at 11kV. This electricity can then be fed into the grid for use in homes and businesses. The steam that remains after this process can be used by nearby industry to heat or cool their operations, replacing the need for fossil fuel.

As the waste is combusted, flue gases are created. These flue gases are extensively treated before being released to the atmosphere through a 90 m tall chimney. 

At the end of combustion, once the waste has been treated, a by-product called bottom ash is created. This can be used as a low-grade aggregate, often in road building. In addition, another by-product produced is air pollution control residue (APCr), also known as fly ash. This is a mixture of ash collected in the bag filter, reacted and unreacted lime from the flue gas cleaning system and carbon also used within the flue gas cleaning system. The fly ash is not often reused by other industry, as it is strongly alkaline, and is usually disposed of in a hazardous landfill site. 

Thermal treatment is an effective and efficient means of dealing with the wide variety of waste that is unsuitable or uneconomic to recycle.

17. Is this a renewable energy facility?

Yes, the facility will process residual waste after reusable, recyclable and economically viable material has been removed. Lostock SEP will generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of around 125,000 homes consistently throughout the year. It will therefore make a valuable, positive contribution to renewable energy in the UK.

18. How much energy will the facility generate?

Lostock SEP will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of around 125,000 homes. It will have a total net export capacity of 67MWe.

19. What types of waste will be accepted at this facility?

Waste sources could include pre-treated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Commercial and Industrial Waste (C&I) and Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF). It will not accept clinical or hazardous waste.

20. Will the output from Renescience be used in the Lostock SEP facility?

Renescience produces RDF that could be used in the Lostock SEP. However, Renescience is likely to produce around 50,000 tonnes of RDF per annum which iis a small fraction of the fuel that is required by the Lostock SEP. The two facilities are not linked or dependent on each other. 

FCC has been awarded the contract for sourcing the 600,000 tonnes of waste each year for Lostock SEP.

22. What is an Environment Impact Assessment?

An Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) assesses the environmental impact of a development and considers all potential effects on the human and natural environment. If the potential impact is negative, developers have to undertake measures to reduce / offset the impact.

23. Will there be additional traffic on the road once it is operational?

Once completed, it is predicted that the project will increase total daily traffic flow by a maximum of approximately 3% on the A530 south of the site. This equates to up to 276 movements per day, with a movement being a journey in and a journey out of the site.

Detailed, independent assessments, in accordance with national guidelines, have been undertaken and established that this increase is unlikely to create any significant effect upon the road network.

24. What are the proposed traffic routes and where is the site access?

Site access will be via the existing access junction from the A530 Griffiths Road.

There is a low railway bridge along the north of the site, near to the A559 Manchester Road, which prohibits access by HGVs. Consequently, the proposed traffic route for all HGVs will be from the south of the site, along the A530 (Griffiths Road) towards the A556.

The main HGV routes would be: 

  • via the M6 (Junction 19) and the A556
  • via the M6 (Junction 18) and the A530
  • via either the A51, A54 and A556 or from the M56, M6 (Junction 19) and the A556

26. Have you taken into account the new housing developments in the area?

Yes. An official, independent assessment has been undertaken which considers the environmental effects of the transport associated with the project. This also takes into account traffic growth and traffic associated with proposed developments in the area.

NOTE: Please see section on construction traffic for information specific to the construction programme.

27. Will the operating process create an odour?

Every step is taken to minimise the likelihood of odour. The waste is transported to the SEP in covered wagons and unloaded in the reception hall – a large building that is sealed with roller doors. More importantly, the building is kept at negative air pressure whilst the plant is operating in order to draw any escaping odours into the treatment process where the air is used as combustion air which destroys any odours. The SEP operates as a dual line facility so, in the event that one line is offline, negative pressure is maintained by the second line.

Odours are also controlled by managing the fuel effectively so that it is not stored on site for any prolonged periods. Other odour abatement options may also be considered, but if the process works as intended, they are usually surplus to requirements.

It is unlikely, therefore, that there will be any residual odour associated with the facility. In addition, there is a large distance between Lostock SEP and the nearest residential area and this will mitigate the risk.

28. Will there be an impact on local air quality during operation?

Existing air quality has been studied to understand the current levels of pollution and any issues. EfW plants are strictly regulated to ensure they do not cause harm to the environment or human health. As a result, the SEP has been designed to minimise any impact on air quality, and meet the strict environmental standards imposed by the Environment Agency. This complies with strict air quality standards to protect health.

Emissions from the chimney stack will be monitored continuously for compliance with the Environmental Permit. The Environment Agency will enforce the safety standards for the lifetime of the facility.

Monitoring wider air quality in the local area is the responsibility of the local authority as part of its duties under the Local Air Quality Management framework. For more information visit https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/pests-pollution-food-safety/pollution-and-air-quality/air-quality-review-and-assessm.aspx

29. Who regulates the plant, including emissions?

Lostock SEP will be regulated by the Environment Agency, which uses strict regulations to ensure that the operator controls and monitors emissions and operations on a constant basis. The Environment Agency has legal powers that enable them to halt operation of the plant and / or prosecute any organisation that is not operating within the conditions set out in the facility’s Environmental Permit. In addition, the monitoring system includes conditions to halt operation in the event that the conditions of the Environmental Permit are not likely to be met. Facilities are not allowed to begin to operate unless they can meet (and prove) the conditions set down in the Environmental Permit. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulates health and safety at the facility.

How will you ensure the facility’s emissions are safe?

The facility must have a valid Environmental Permit from the Environment Agency to operate. Without it, the plant is not permitted to function.

More information can be obtained from the Environment Agency website.

Many environmental permits have already been issued by the Environment Agency; there are 47 EfW plants already operating in the UK, and many other similar facilities. See a list of them here.

30. Will the plant be noisy during operation?

The terms of the planning consent mean that no noise and vibration from the construction works will be audible at noise sensitive premises (for instance, residential areas) outside the hours of 07.00 to 19.00 Monday – Friday and 07:00 to 13:00 Saturdays. No construction will take place on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

When operating, there may be some slight levels of noise during the day. These will be within defined limits which have been agreed with the local authority. As the nearest residential area is some distance away, we do not expect residents will be disturbed. To monitor this, a programme of noise monitoring, which will be undertaken by an experienced noise consultant, has been agreed with the local authority. This programme sets out the location at which noise will be monitored as well as the methodology and frequency of assessments.

31. How high will the facility be?

The main Lostock SEP building will be up to 48m high (50m with adjacent stairwell). There will also be two chimneys (also known as stacks), which will both be 90m in height.

32. Will there be a flare?

No, the Lostock SEP will not have a flare. However, there will be various steam vents on the roof that may need to release steam from time to time.

33. What about landscaping on the site?

Landscaping is an integral part of the project, both internally and up to the perimeter. The aim is to develop a facility and surroundings that are:

  • Spacious and uncluttered, allowing easy access and flow around the site
  • Integrated with the landscape and townscape, particularly when viewed from the immediate vicinity and canal side path
  • Provide an attractive working environment for employees that is both practical and fit for purpose

The proposals include provision of a new boundary fence and appropriate native hedgerow planting and climbing species, along with internal green spaces within the site. There will be defined seating areas, shaded by clusters of trees on the exposed sides of the building.

34. Is the facility safe?

The SEP must adhere to the strict emission limits on the ‘emissions to air’ set out in the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) – the IED was published in 2010 to combine and replace seven existing EU Directives governing pollution control. Its aim is to protect the environment and public health by reducing emissions from industrial processes across the European Union Member States.

The SEP stack height was chosen to ensure effective dispersion of the emissions so that the impact at ground level is acceptable. The impact has been compared to limits set by the European Union and Environment Agency for the protection of human health and ecology, taking into account the most up-to-date independent scientific health and environmental research.

35. How have the health risks of the facility been assessed?

An air quality assessment has been carried out as part of the EIA and Environmental Permit application. The current levels of pollution in the area were taken into account, together with meteorological data for the last five years, which gives information on wind direction, speed and temperature. The predicted levels of emissions have been assessed by the Environment Agency and are considered to be within acceptable limits for the protection of human health and the environment.

The air quality assessment has also taken into account other activities around the site, which could combine with the facility’s own processes to affect the air quality, as well as other potential developments.

In practice, emissions from the facility will be below the permitted limits. The facility’s operating systems are designed with a significant safety margin. In addition, the facility is unlikely to operate at full capacity for the whole of a year, so the overall level of emissions will be lower than predicted by the computer model which assumes that the plant runs continuously throughout a year.

36. Who will monitor the facility for safety and compliance?

The Environment Agency will enforce the safety standards for the lifetime of the facility.

The Environment Agency carries out regular checks on the facility, some of them unannounced. It also has the power to shut the facility down if it believes it is not being operated correctly.

On site, emissions from the chimney stack will be monitored to ensure they comply with the emissions levels set within the Environmental Permit, and emissions data will be collected as part of the conditions of the Environmental Permit.

If the emission levels start to rise, it will be detected by the continuous emissions monitoring system and the facility control system will automatically make adjustments to the plant to reduce them again. In the unlikely event this does not work, the plant will be shut down in accordance with the Environmental Permit.

37. Is it true that people living near such facilities have a higher chance of developing cancer?

There is no scientific, peer-reviewed evidence to support this claim. The Health Protection Agency first published a note on this in 2009 that concluded “possible health effects are likely to be very small, if detectable”.

Despite this, the HPA agreed to commission additional studies in 2012, whilst stating that the conclusions of the note remain valid. The studies were commissioned to extend the evidence base and provide further information to the public about any potential reproductive and infant health risks from municipal waste incinerators (MWI) like the Lostock SEP.

The studies concluded that:

  • “There is no evidence for increased risk of a range of birth outcomes…. In relation to either MWI emissions or living near an MWI operating to the current EU waste incineration regulations
  • No evidence of an associated of MWI opening with changes in risk of infant mortality”

38. What studies have been done into the impact of EfW on human health and the environment? Where can I find out more?

A number of scientific reports have been produced in recent years looking into the health effects of modern EfW facilities. Some good examples can be found at the following websites:

The Energy from Waste Research and Technology Council

The Confederation of European Waste to Energy Plants

The Health Protection Agency (the forerunner to Public Health England) review of research undertaken to examine the suggested links between emissions from municipal waste incinerators and effects on health concludes here:

“While it is not possible to rule out adverse health effects from modern, well-regulated municipal waste incinerators with complete certainty, any potential damage to the health of those living close-by is likely to be very small, if detectable. This view is based on detailed assessments of the effects of air pollutants on health and on the fact that modern and well managed municipal waste incinerators make only a very small contribution to local concentrations of air pollutants. The Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment has reviewed recent data and has concluded that there is no need to change its previous advice, namely that any potential risk of cancer due to residency near to municipal waste incinerators is exceedingly low and probably not measurable by the most modern techniques. Since any possible health effects are likely to be very small, if detectable, studies of public health around modern, well managed municipal waste Incinerators are not recommended.”

A study published by scientists from King’s College London, Imperial College and the National Physical Laboratory found a minuscule contribution to airborne levels of trace metals and particulate matter from EfW plant. Dr Mark Bloomfield commented on the study as follows:

“At four of the six sites around which the study was based, no contribution could be detected. At two of the six sites, metal ratios consistent with municipal waste incinerator emissions were detected 0.2% and 0.1% of the time. The contribution from the incinerator was no more than about 0.5% of ambient levels, and generally much lower than this. While this was entirely to be expected, it is useful to have confirmation using UK data that uses up to date techniques. The fact that the analysis technique was able to detect a slight contribution (which may have been due to the waste incinerator emissions) is reassuring. If there had been a more significant contribution, this technique would have been able to pick it up.”

The findings were updated in 2018, with a larger study. It confirmed its previous position and also found that there was no evidence for impact on birth weight and infant mortality, as well as other factors. The latest information is here.

Defra has also produced a document entitled “Energy from waste – A guide to the debate” which aims to provide a starting point for discussions about the role EfW might have in managing waste.

39. What about very fine particles (nanoparticles)?

The emissions limit for particles covers particles of all sizes, including ‘nanoparticles’, and the emissions of particles from the stack will be continuously monitored and controlled by the use of bag filters.

The air quality assessment took a worst-case approach, assuming the entire particulate emission first to be PM10 (particles with a diameter of less than 10 microns – so including nanoparticles), then also assuming the entire particulate emission to be PM2.5 (particles with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns – also including nanoparticles). Assessment levels for the protection of human health are set for PM10 and PM2.5. By definition this includes nanoparticles (generally referred to as particles with a diameter of less than 0.1 microns). Emissions from the plant will increase local concentrations by less than 1% of these assessment levels, an amount deemed “insignificant” by the Environment Agency.

Concerns are sometimes expressed about the emissions of very fine particles (less than 0.1 µm). These are removed very effectively by the bag filter. This is because two separation principles apply within the bag filters:

  • Absolute filtration – particles larger than the holes in the filter obviously cannot pass;
  • Adsorption – a layer of particles called “filter cake” builds up on the surface of the filter material which consists of reagents (lime and activated carbon) and reaction products. This layer is essential to the proper functioning of the flue gas treatment system. Within this layer, the final acid gas neutralisation and the absorption of heavy metals and complex organic compounds takes place.

It is the second reaction which accounts for the capture of the smaller particles which are adsorbed onto the surface of the particles in the filter cake. The smaller the particle, the greater the probability that it will be adsorbed onto another particle.

Studies carried out by independent bodies have shown that bag filters are a highly effective method for abating particulates, and have demonstrated that bag filters have the following abatement efficiency for particulates:

  • Total particulates – between 99.984% and 99.997%;
  • PM2.5 – between 99.971% and 99.990%; and
  • PM1 – i.e. nanoparticles – between 99.864% and 99.991%.

40. How has the height of the chimney stack been decided?

The height of the chimney stack has been set based on the results of a special computerised model. This model is used to predict the impact of the facility with a range of stack heights and takes into account the local background air quality levels, wind direction, building shapes and sizes etc. This showed that at a height of 90m, the effect of the buildings on the dispersion of emissions is minimal and that the overall impact on the environment is acceptable.

41. What about starting up and shutting down?

The plant must operate under the same strict Environmental Permit conditions, even when starting up and shutting down. For instance, a minimum temperature (850ºC) must be maintained within the combustion zone before any waste is placed into it. This initial high temperature is achieved by the use of independent oil-fired burners, which must be available at all times. If the temperature drops below 850ºC the oil-fired burners would operate to maintain the temperature above 850ºC. During periods of shutdown, the waste feed would be prohibited and the oil-fired burners would continue to operate to maintain the temperature above 850ºC until the waste has fully burnt out.

42. What comes out of the chimney stack?

The main constituents are water vapour, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and oxygen, with small trace elements of pollutants. The concentrations of these pollutants will be within the limits set in the Environmental Permit, and typically significantly below those limits. A specific air quality assessment for the Lostock SEP has been carried out as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Permit application.

43. How will the electricity generated be transmitted back into the national grid?

The electricity will be transmitted through a newly built substation onto the site into nearby 132kV electricity systems.

Construction

44. What is the construction schedule?

The construction process will consist of two phases. The enabling works, which will include the demolition of the old coal-fired power station, started in October 2018 and will continue until May/June 2020. This will be followed by a three-year building phase including six months of commissioning. The site is expected to be operational in Quarter Two, 2023.

45. What happens next?

Construction will take place in two phases. Phase 1 will take 18 months and will divert the services that cross the site and demolish the old power station. Phase 2 is the building phase and will take three years, including six months of commissioning.

Work on site started in October 2018.

Before construction can begin of the Lostock SEP itself, an extensive demolition and enabling phase of works needs to be completed, including:

  • Asbestos removal
  • Replacement and relocation of key electrical and water treatment facilities
  • Replacement and relocation of offices, workshops and storage facilities
  • Demolition of the redundant coal-fired power station

These works have now commenced and demolition is likely to take place in 2019/2020.

46. What will be the working hours during the construction phase?

During the construction period, the normal working hours will be:

  • Monday-Friday, 07:00-19:00
  • Saturdays, 07:00-13:00
  • Sundays and bank holidays, no working

However, extended working periods might be necessary at times. This will comply with all requirements of the Planning Permission.

47. What will be the expected number of construction vehicles?

During construction the numbers of HGVs will be fewer than during operation. During operation, HGV movements will not exceed 276 movements on any one day (138 movements in, 138 movements out) Monday to Friday. Movements to and from the facility on Saturday will not exceed 132 movements (66 movements in, 66 movements out). The delivery schedule will be planned and controlled by the site logistics manager to ensure deliveries are avoided at peak times of the day and staggered throughout the week.

In terms of staff, it is expected that there will be an estimated 500 to 700 staff on site at the peak of construction. These movements will be managed through a travel plan, which will encourage the use of alternative modes of transport other than private cars. Arrival and departure times of the workforce will also be staggered reducing the potential for queues at peak times of the day.

48. What are the proposed traffic routes during the construction process?

Vehicles access the site by the private road serving the Lostock Works, off Griffiths Road. All HGV routing will take place to the south via the A530 and A556.

HGVs travelling from the M6 will access the site:

  • From the north of the site via M6 (J19) / A556 /A530
  • From the south of the site via M6 (J18) / A54 / A530

HGVs travelling from the west of the site will access either via:

  • A51 / A54 /A556 / A530
  • M56 / M6 (J19) / A530

HGVs will not be allowed to access the facility via Middlewich Road or Manchester Road through Northwich. This will be a contractual agreement and relevant signage will be in place to enforce routing.

49. What will be done to manage emissions throughout the construction phase?

Our Environmental Action Plan for air quality and dust sets out the actions that will be taken in order to reduce or eliminate air pollution issues.

The burning of waste construction materials will not be permitted. To control any emissions arising from traffic movements, all traffic will follow designated routes, vehicles will not idle, ultra-low sulphur diesel and exhaust after treatment systems will be fitted where appropriate, plant equipment will be well maintained and serviced according to manufacturers’ guidance and the onsite speed limit will be 15 mph.

50. How will construction dust be managed?

The site will operate in accordance with the agreed Construction Environmental Management Plant. This includes many measures to control dust emissions.

Site inspections will take place to identify any dust causing issue and measures will be taken to respond accordingly. Traffic measures to prevent dust from arising will include:

  • All loads to and from the site will be covered
  • Wheel washing facilities for vehicles leaving the site
  • Where necessary road sweepers will be used to ensure the site roads remain clear of mud and dust
  • Any deliveries containing significantly dusty materials will be sprayed with water

In terms of site activities, dust will be minimised through:

  • Enclosed chutes and covered skips
  • Increased monitoring during windy and dry periods
  • All dust control equipment will be well maintained
  • Adequate water supply for dampening stockpiles where necessary
  • Mobile bowser to be deployed on site at regular intervals
  • Hard surfacing will be provided where practicable and cleaned regularly
  • Cutting and grinding operations will be conducted in ways to minimise dust e.g. wet cutting

Our Environmental Action Plan for air quality and dust sets out the actions that will be taken in order to reduce or eliminate dust issues.

51. Will the construction phase be noisy?

The noise effects of construction were assessed as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment during the planning process. As well, we have set out an Environmental Action Plan, which will ensure that any construction noise is kept to a minimum. In general, working hours will be adhered to (unless special circumstance is agreed in advanced with the local authority), machines, vehicles and plant equipment will be fitted with sound reducing technology where appropriate and constant monitoring will take place. We will also monitor feedback from local residents.

52. Will there be any odour during the construction phase?

During the construction phase, emissions of odour are not likely to occur. Construction waste will be suitably managed through a Site Waste Management Plan and closed skips shall be used for waste and frequently exchanged. There is potential for odour to be produced from the fuel, however construction activities on the waste bunker and tipping hall will be finished and all buildings enclosed prior to the first delivery of waste. Therefore, it will be possible to hold the waste bunker negative pressure to prevent the release of any odours.

53. Do you have a plan in the event of an environmental emergency?

All staff prior to starting work on site will undergo a Health and Safety induction, which will include a general overview of site-specific environmental issues as well as details on how these should be managed. In addition, any personnel with environmental responsibilities will be suitably trained and qualified.

There will be regular environmental briefing and toolbox talks for all staff to ensure all on site have the most up to date information. These will be supplemented with environmental bulletins and newsflashes in amenity and office areas.

All visitors to site will also be provided with an appropriate health and safety induction. The site will also have a site emergency plan in case of a serious incident.

54. What are the benefits of the facility?

The benefits of the Lostock SEP will include:

  • Generation of 67MW of renewable electricity and heat in the form of 100 tonnes of steam per hour.
  • Diversion of 600,000 tonnes of waste per year from landfill.
  • Creation of local jobs throughout the construction and operation phases of the facility.
  • Boost for the local economy via supply chain opportunities.

55. How do you propose working with the community?

It is our aim to be a good neighbour, establishing good relationships with the community and local businesses. One of the key ways we will do this is via a Local Liaison Committee.

56. What is a Local Liaison Committee?

A Local Liaison Committee is a group of volunteers from the local community – residents, businesses, community groups and councilor representatives. The aim is to gather feedback and opinions from local residents and provide information to the community.

57. Does the Lostock SEP have a Local Liaison Committee?

Yes. The Lostock SEP Local Liaison Committee (LLC), was set up prior to the commencement of development in July 2017 and meets on a quarterly basis, and as otherwise required. The LLC comprises representatives of the community, local businesses, elected members, councillors and Tata Chemicals Europe.The first meeting of the LLC took place on 24th August 2017.

58. How do I get involved?

For more information on the LLC, please email: info@lostocksep.co.uk.

Jobs and suppliers

59. What will be done to encourage local people to apply for positions?

We will endeavour to maximise the use of local labour where it is possible and reasonable to do so. We will try to recruit skilled people from the local area as far as possible given the specialist nature of some of the equipment.

Job opportunities will be advertised locally and publicised through Jobcentre Plus and other sites.

Jobs fairs will also be part of our recruitment process. Two are planned, with one taking place at the beginning of works to assist local contractors to recruit from the local area where possible. The second event will be held further along the project timeline to help recruit operational staff, mechanical and non-skilled vacancies as well as any remaining civil works roles.

In addition, some labour may come through agencies, so, where feasible we will work with them to advertise and recruit locally.

To register interest in employment opportunities, CVs can be emailed across via our jobs page.

60. How many jobs will be created during construction?

Many subcontractors will be required during the construction phase and there will be multiple supply chain opportunities for business.

It is not possible to state in advance how many jobs will be created during the construction phase as the number of roles on site at any given time will vary, but it is anticipated that there will be around 500 people employed on site over the entire construction phase.

Services required will range from engineering and construction provision to canteen, transport, office materials and accommodation. We will endeavour to use local services and workforce where possible.

To register interest in employment opportunities, CVs can be emailed across via our jobs page.

61. How many local jobs will be offered and at what skill levels?

Again, the number of jobs on site at any given time fluctuates, as with all construction projects. It is therefore not possible to state in advance what proportion of jobs coming on stream can be offered to local people.

The complexity and dynamic nature of the construction phase means that the number of vacancies will range widely across different trades, with different skills being required at different times.

Every effort will be made to recruit locally through job fairs, local advertisements and recruitment companies.

To register interest in employment opportunities, CVs can be emailed across via our jobs page.

62. How many people are expected to be employed permanently?

The facility will create 50 new, full-time, operational jobs. These jobs will be permanent positions with full training provided. We would expect a large proportion of the new workforce to be from the local area. The roles will be advertised locally and through the second jobs fair.

There will also be ongoing support and general service contracts available throughout the facility’s operation.

63. What aspects of the project will be from Europe / Non EU?

It is anticipated that UK-based companies will deliver a high proportion of the civil works. However, there is limited expertise within the UK for some of the process works needed for an EfW plant. Consequently, the design of the plant and the technical components will have to come from specialist companies based outside of the UK.

64. How can my company be considered for work?

A Meet the Buyer event will be held before the main construction work begins on site for companies interested in providing the services required. This will be advertised on this website in due course. Interest can also be registered by submitting your company details via our supplier page. 

65. How will the selection of other maintenance and engineering contractors be undertaken?

The project will require a range of packages, services and goods, some of whom we will meet through the Meet the Buyer event so we encourage all contractors and suppliers to register their interest. Interest can be registered by submitting your company details via our supplier page.

66. What commitment is there to source goods and services from local suppliers?

We hope to source the majority of goods and services from local suppliers where possible. We will hold a Meet the Buyer event locally early in the procurement process to highlight the supply and service opportunities on the project. This will happen before any work on site begins so opportunities for the supply of local materials and services are maximised. Interest can also be registered by submitting your company details via our supplier page.

67. Will agency staff be employed on the site?

Yes, there will be times where labour is sourced through agencies or principal labour suppliers. Part of the subcontracting agreements will ensure their terms and conditions meet or exceed the National Living Wage. Any vacancies given to the agencies will also be advertised locally. Lastly, we will ensure that sole traders are given the opportunity to apply for vacancies through dedicated companies that meet our policies.

68. What proportion of staff is expected to be employed through agencies?

As the number of people on site will vary, it is unlikely that we will have a clear figure until we reach the end of the project.

69. Will there be any use of umbrella companies?

Only legitimate umbrella companies, with HMRC approval, will be permitted.

70. Is the site categorised as NAECI?

No, the site is not NAECI, and will not be categorised as NAECI. All rates of pay however will meet or exceed the National Living Wage.

71. Will every worker be paid the living wage or above?

Yes, all workers (excluding apprentices and trainees) will be paid the National Living Wage or above.

72. How will rates of pay compare to appropriate National Agreements (e.g. NAECI, CIJC/WRA)?

Rates of pay at the project will meet or exceed the National Living Wage.

For the applicable scope of civil and building works, the CIJC/WRA minimum pay rates will be in place with the relevant construction subcontractors.

Contact information

73. Where do I go for more information?

If you have any further questions or comments, please email info@lostocksep.co.uk.