New plant to power water works

PLANS for a new plant that could use almost 50,000 tonnes of organic waste to power a water treatment works will be presented to council planning chiefs this week.

The presentation by Kelda Water Services, a sister company of Yorkshire Water, will be made to Leeds City Council’s plans panel at a meeting on Thursday.

The panel will be told that the proposed “anaerobic digestion plant” would be built at the Knostrop Waste Water Treatment Works on Pontefract Lane, Cross Green.

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According to a council report, the plant would burn biogas produced by the rotting rubbish, generating electricity to power the works’ machinery.

Around 39 HGVs would be expected to arrive on the site each day.

The report to the panel says: “The AD plant is intended to process 48,000 tonnes of organic waste per annum. The electricity generated would be fed into an existing on-site substation and used to power the water treatment works. The waste is anticipated to be sourced from the local area and would be delivered in covered HGVs.”