Monday 30th January 2017

Egnedol Response to Friends of the Earth & Biofuelwatch

Biofuelwatch and Friends of the Earth campaign against the use of biomass for energy production across the UK, despite the government policy.

 

As part of their mission they have established a campaign against Egnedol’s proposal at Blackbridge, Milford Haven.

 

Most of the points raised by objectors are not topics to be considered when making a planning decision, instead being ideological and based upon the stated aims of the objector groups.

 

However, Egnedol would like to respond to some of the points raised by protestors in order to ensure that the local residents receive a balanced view of the proposal.

 

Before answering each of the points in turn, we would just like to reiterate that we do not propose to BURN anything at the site as stated in the headline grabbing press release of the Friends of the Earth and Biofuelwatch. This shows a complete misunderstanding of the gasification process that will be adopted at the site.

 

Gasification is a method that converts organic material into gas in the absence of oxygen. The gas can then be used in a variety of ways including creation of electricity, liquids and heat.

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth and Biofuelwatch Statement:

“No waste or biomass gasification plant for electricity generation has even been successfully run in the UK, although there have been many attempts”.

 

The objectors are trying to promote the vision that gasification technology is new or that it is beset by problems.

 

Whilst it is true that the UK lags behind the rest of the world when considering this technology, the gasification industry is well developed globally and is summarised in the world gasification database at:

www.gasification-syngas.org

 

The industry summary report produced by Chris Higman at the 2015 Gasification Technologies Conference, (Colorado October 2015) shows that 959 gasification projects existed and that these projects contained 2559 gasifiers. Of these, 1821 of the gasifiers are commercial with an output of 358Gw/th gas.

 

The Egnedol project will add around 10 gasifiers to this list with an output of around 0.3GW/th.

 

Gasification projects are currently predominantly constructed in China and America, although many exist in Europe. The locations of them, which can be viewed on the worldwide gasification database website are shown below.

Egnedol is in final stage discussions with several large multi-national companies that successfully operate gasification facilities daily around the globe, although they do not currently operate facilities in the UK.

 

Egnedol propose to build the project under a Design, Build, Maintain and Operate (DBMO) contract, where the experienced specialist company constructing the facility provides the technology and the expertise to operate it, whilst also taking on and training local staff for the long term.

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth and Biofuelwatch Statement:

"An unreliable heat supply from a technically challenging and vulnerable biomass gasification plant would make the proposed downstream activities and the jobs associated with it unviable”.

 

Biofuelwatch suggest that if the heat source is interrupted from the energy facility the prawns and fish will die of hyperthermia.

 

Whilst we obviously do not anticipate unplanned heat source interruptions, all of the aquaculture facilities include back up heating systems to allow for planned maintenance of the gasification facility.

 

The volume of water in the aquaculture facility and the high level of insulation proposed in the buildings means that they are not very sensitive to short term loss of heat input. Prawns and fish obviously have developed a natural tolerance to temperature variations that they normally experience in their natural environment. The biggest impact of lower temperatures would be slower growth and longer time to harvest.

 

Egnedol envisage no foreseeable circumstances whereby the prawns and fish would be killed by cold water as suggested by the objectors.

 

In fact, the project has received very strong support from leading experts in the aquaculture world, who see this as a fantastic opportunity to create a world class aquaculture facility in Wales.

 

Although not widely known by the general public, the technology related to Talapia propagation and Algae is very well developed locally and is already exported across the globe from Carmarthenshire and Swansea.

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth and Biofuelwatch Statement:

“Proposed transport biofuel production from algal oil, as well as the technology proposed for turning some of the gas from waste and biomass into biofuels, are without precedent worldwide”.

 

With respect to Algae, Egnedol propose to put Wales at the forefront of this exciting area of research and innovation. We would invite interested parties to look at;

Swansea University are the lead partner in EnAlgae and are also key partners in the Egnedol development.

 

Contrary to what Biofuelwatch suggest, the predominant use for gasification is to manufacture liquids and fuels. We would again like to draw attention to the worldwide database of gasification and also the The United States Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory Database, where numerous gasification to liquid fuel projects are described. There are literally hundreds of gasification projects running commercially worldwide that produce liquid fuels.

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth and Biofuelwatch Statement:

“Which feedstocks does Egnedol want to use?”

 

Egnedol will use the feedstocks described in the EIA. All of the feedstock will be pre-prepared off site prior to delivery.

 

Natural timber will be sourced from sustainable supplies and from our own plantations. This is fully in line with government policy on energy generation, carbon reduction and sustainability.

 

The organic fraction of WDF will be sourced from the open market. Much of this material is currently exported from the UK to Europe and further afield for energy production.

 

The UK Government and its wealth of scientific, policy and economic advisors strongly promote the approach being taken by Egnedol. A summary of UK Government Policy can be reviewed at:

 

Department of Energy and Climate Change, Environment Agency Policy Paper 2010 – 2015 Government Policy Low Carbon Technologies: www.gov.uk

www.gov.uk

Friends of the Earth and Biofuelwatch Statement:

“Public health and health and safety concerns.”

 

Biofuelwatch state that the project will pose health and safety risks.

 

As is normal with any industrial scheme of this scale, the project will be regulated by Natural Resources Wales under a strict Environmental Permit.

 

The Environmental Permit will define the criteria under which the facility will operate. Monitoring requirements will be set out in the Permit to ensure that the facility does not pose any health or safety risk.

 

The facility design has been considered by the Health and Safety Executive and they have confirmed that they have no intention to object to the scheme.

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth and Biofuelwatch Statement:

“What would a project like this mean for forests and the climate?”

 

The Egnedol project at Milford will only accept biomass from sustainable sources.

 

Sustainable biomass production enables active habitat creation and management, carbon sequestration and carbon capture.

 

Far from depleting forest stocks, the project will promote the planting, management and harvesting of biomass.

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth and Biofuelwatch Statement:

Friends of the Earth and Biofuelwatch Statement “Waste for Energy”

 

Biofuelwatch state that Egnedol has provided no evidence that the waste hierarch principle is considered within the proposal.

 

As stated within the EIA, Egnedol propose to utilise the fraction of waste that normally either gets sent to incineration or landfill. This does not conflict with the Waste Hierarchy Principle in any way as the recyclable fraction of the material has already been removed, reused, recycled and segregated.

 

Only the residual fraction, which cannot be recycled, is then prepared as fuel. This will be prepared off site to reduce its moisture content and particle size.

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth and Biofuelwatch Statement:

“Statement Who are Egnedol?”

 

Egnedol Limited is a Cyprus based company promoting green sustainable technologies with an agenda to support and enhance the communities in which we operate. We are working in the fields of material recovery, recycling, sustainable energy and downstream heat use. We are working on projects in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

 

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