Biofuel company Edgeley Green Power (EGP) has submitted plans for a 32 MW biofuel power station in Shoreham-by-Sea, near Brighton. A power station this size would need to burn up to 50,000 tonnes of biofuels a year. We believe that it is is most like that this would be palm oil, in which case 12,500 hectares of new plantations would be needed. Thousands of hectares of forest, mostly in Malaysia and Indonesia, are being destroyed for palm oil plantations.
EGP say they will probably use tallow (a byproduct from slaughter houses), tall oil (a byproduct from paper production) and used cooking oil. Used cooking oil supplies are scarce and already exploited for biodiesel for cars. Tallow and tall oil are also being fully used by other industries.
For local people, the power station will mean more air pollution – including more nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emission in an area with already very high NO2 levels and with nearby Air Quality Management Areas declared.