Plans to build a new pumping station on the outskirts of Lynn will go on show next week.
Anglian Water has applied to build a new pumping station off the Pullover Roundabout, West Lynn, and a 4.5km underground pipe to connect the site to a water treatment works in Clenchwarton.
The multi-million pound project is aimed to dramatically reduce the number of tankers delivering liquid sludge to the Clackclose plant.
The company submitted a planning application to Norfolk County Council and hopes to have a decision in the summer.
Anglian Water will be holding a public exhibition on the proposal in Clenchwarton Memorial Hall, on Monday between 4pm and 7pm.
The company had previously ruled out transporting the sludge on a barge along with building a new access road.
Project manager Steve Swan said: “We’ve been keeping local communities in Clenchwarton and West Lynn informed about our plans as they’ve developed but we know some questions are best answered face to face.
“That’s why we’re holding this exhibition – to answer any remaining questions, and to outline what our programme of works will be, if we are successfully granted planning permission for this project.”
The company has a preferred site, which is off Clenchwarton Road close to the Freebridge turning, but has not yet bought it. It will also be holding talks with landowners to discuss laying the pipe across fields.
Under the proposal, sludge, which is a by-product of the sewage treatment process, will be delivered from sites in West Norfolk, south Lincolnshire and Ely to the new plant.
This will then be pumped along a 4km pipeline to the Clackclose works, where it will be used to generate energy to power the site.
Surplus energy will be fed into the national grid and the company will receive a payment under the feed-in tariff. Anglian Water says it does not export significant amounts of power.
A by-product of this process, bio-solids, is then sold onto farmers as a fertiliser.
The plant could be up and running by April next year if the company is given planning permission. Construction work could start in August.
An exhibition on the plans has already been held in West Lynn.
Secretary of the village forum, Don Ely said: “West Lynn people will be most relieved when the number of lorries, which has been as many as 80 a day, will be reduced considerably.
“One or two of us are a little concerned about the location. We would have thought it would have been further towards the roundabout.”
West Norfolk planning committee has approved a £3.5 million scheme to bring mains sewerage to Ashwicken.
Anglian Water applied for planning permission to build two pumping stations which, along with a third on an exempt site, will connect 134 properties to the network.
Objections were received from Grimston Parish Council due to concerns about overloading of the sewerage system and from an objector with concerns including smells, disturbance and environmental impact.
A petition signed by 25 residents said there had been insufficient communication from Anglian Water and queried the impact on Fen Lane, where one of the stations will be based.
Committee members agreed to the plans after reading a report by planning officers which said the stations would have minimal impact on the landscape.