COMPANY chiefs who run a controversial North Wales tip plan to generate electricity from the waste gases it gives off.
Cory Environmental Resource Management which owns Hafod Quarry, Johnstown, near Wrexham, want to convert the gas into renewable energy.
Currently the gas, which is primarily a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide, is burned off by a landfill flare.
But company bosses say the new equipment will produce renewable energy and be more environmentally friendly.
The dumping of rubbish at Hafod, which started in 2006, sparked a storm of protest. Although protesters are still against its use as a landfill site, they cautiously welcomed the plans to convert the gas into electricity.
In the planning application, company chiefs said using the gas to generate electricity would benefit the environment.
The application said: “The proposed development also helps combat climate change through generating electricity through landfill gas, thereby avoiding the need to generate an equivalent amount of energy from burning fossil fuels (the annual electricity generated by a 1MW landfill generator avoids the combustion of some 3,400 tonnes of coal each year).”
Whatever electricity was generated would be exported and sold back into the national grid.
Equipment at the site would include four gas engine generators, oil storage containers and a flare stack.
If the plans are given the go-ahead it would take an estimated six months to get the equipment installed which would run 24 hours a day.
The company plans concluded: “The use of landfill gas produced at Hafod Quarry landfill to generate electricity would contribute to sustainable waste management and the ‘waste hierarchy’.”
However local campaigner Pauline Smout said it should be done under strict conditions.
“We are opposed to the dumping of rubbish at the site.
“But if they are doing it anyway then it does make sense for them to do this and generate electricity from the waste gas.
“We would want strict standards to cover this because dioxins and furans which are produced are the most dangerous chemicals known to man.”
Cory Environmental Resource Management bought the Hafod Quarry and landfill site from Mersey Waste Holdings.
MWH is a subsidiary of Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority and associated Merseyside authorities.