The site is on the north eastern corner of the Isle of Portland, on land owned by Portland Port.
The site already has planning consent for an energy plant, which would have used either vegetable oil or waste rubber crumb from tyres.
The proposed ERF has a smaller footprint than the existing consented scheme and provides a practical solution to a significant local problem.
The Portland Port site has been chosen for the ERF because:
- It is an existing industrial area (currently unused) within the port, allowing waste to be transported by road or delivered by ship.
- Planning permission already exists on this site for a broadly similar operation.
- Given the geography of the island and the location within the port, the ERF is being sensitively designed to reduce environmental impacts and minimise possible visual impact of the facility.
- The ERF will enhance local resilience in respect of both heat and power.
- Once the ERF is operating, in addition to paying local taxes, there will also be community benefit contributions allocated to local sustainability projects.