TALKS are being held with companies from around the globe to operate Peel Environmental’s commercial waste burning incinerator and waste recovery park on Ince Marshes.
Following permission for the £254m project being granted in August, Peel Environmental is pushing ahead with plans to build the 95 megawatt power plant which will burn 600,000 tonnes of commercial waste a year.
Myles Kitcher, development manager for Peel Environmental, said: “We are talking to investors and operators but it will be one agreement and we will maintain management of the process.
“The inquiries range from North West-based, UK-based and from America and Europe.
“At this stage, we are refining costs and doing detailed work. It’s a decision we would hope to make at the end of this year.”
Peel also confirmed that the site would incinerate commercial and industrial waste, rather than the household waste which was originally applied for.
“It is likely to be a combination of both,” Mr Kitcher added. “It’s not hazardous waste. It will be things like timber treatment, not chemicals.
“The waste will come from the UK, probably the North West. It will be a combination of commercial, municipal and industrial.”
Barry Hill, the chairman of protest group Residents Against Incineration (RAIN), said: “The original application was for household waste but when it came to the inquiry it had changed to industrial waste.
“I don’t think it makes a huge difference, critically it depends what the waste is. Until we know that we can’t have much of a view.
“We have concerns that there is not the quantities of waste in the region to make the site a viable proposition.
“They have the facilities to import from the rest of Britain or even the rest of the world, especially with the dock they are going to build.
“And it’s not just the environmental effect, it will create chaos for the transport network with huge numbers of lorry movements carrying I don’t know what through the villages.”
The complex is scheduled for completion in 2012.