Palm Paper has repeated its intention to develop its own gas turbine to produce electricity and steam for its Lynn plant following the start of the Lynn waste incinerator public inquiry.
In his opening statement at the inquiry on Tuesday, Cory Wheelabrator’s QC Richard Phillips said Palm Paper had not dismissed the option of taking the heat generated from the waste incinerator for its factory.
He also said it could not be expected that contracts would be entered into before planning permission was granted.
In the light of these comments, the Lynn News asked Palm Paper’s chief executive Dr Wolfgang Palm to clarify his company’s position and whether it might still take the option of heat generated from the incinerator.
In reply, he said Palm Paper had already “clearly positioned ourselves” through its statements on the planning application for the 162 megawatt combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station it wants to build and operate within its mill site boundary at Lynn.
“There is nothing new which could be added,” he said.
In a statement in September, the company said: “Palm Paper seeks to reduce its dependency on the use of imported energy and has committed to bringing further inward investment to the King’s Lynn area through the development of a proposed Combined Heat and Power plant in an environmentally acceptable and sustainable manner.
“The new CCGT will burn natural gas exclusively and with efficiency above 84 per cent, it will be extremely energy efficient in providing electricity and steam for the paper mill.”