Environmental, consenting and grid connection support

TNEI provided environmental, consenting and grid connection support for a 17.5MW CHP ready gasification plant on the site of the former Drakelow Power Station in Derbyshire. The gasification process produces a synthetic gas to generate steam to drive a steam turbine so that electricity is generated and exported to the local distribution network or via private wire connection. The plant also has the potential to export heat to commercial or residential users on the adjacent consented Drakelow Park mixed use development.

The scope of work extended from initial feasibility and devising of the planning strategy through to stakeholder engagement and gaining consent and obtaining the necessary environmental permits. By effectively managing the EIA and consultation processes, our team ensured that the planning application was determined without delay at the local level. A challenging programme and budget were effectively managed to ensure both were adhered to.

Further support has involved the discharge of planning conditions along with further assessment work as part of the environmental permit application process, with TNEI’s expert acousticians undertaking noise modelling and assessment for both consenting and permitting. Our grid team has provided further specialist technical support.