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Great Blakenham: Incinerator plant takes shape

10:00 27 February 2013

Chimneys go up at Energy from Waste Facility at Great Blakenham

Chimneys go up at Energy from Waste Facility at Great Blakenham


ON the day that an acrimonious public inquiry opened into Norfolk’s proposed waste incinerator at King’s Lynn, the first stage of a chimney was being installed at Suffolk’s plant.

The energy-from-waste plant is being built at Great Blakenham by waste management company SITA, which is Suffolk County Council’s partner in the project.

The 81-metre chimney will be a landmark for some distance. It will be two-thirds the height of the former Blue Circle cement chimney.

The chimney is going up in six sections. The first four were put up on Tuesday and the last two should be up by the end of the week.

If the weather is fine, they could be up as early as today.

The plant will burn non-recycleable items to generate electricity and is also expected to provide heat for a huge greenhouse that may be built nearby to grow tomatoes. The first test waste is due to be burned in summer next year – and the plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014.


  • I listened to BBC radio Norfolk this morning and they had visited a recycling plant in Avonmouth SE. It was explained there is no need for mass burn as this plant recycles 95% of residual waste and soon gearing up to power the plant from gas produced in the process. Kings Lynn and west Norfolk has signed a deal with Duratrust similar sort of company that will recycle 99% 35000 tons of residual waste and convert in to building materials such as seats lintels pallets and fencing. If the proposed incinerator at Kings Lynn gets the go ahead Snetterton Norfolk will be next project to build another incinerator. Question is where is all the waste comes to feed the incinerators! Kings Lynn has a main branch railway line adjacent to the proposed incinerator and talk about London’s waste being diverted here but that was before shortage of waste to burn. My feeling is waste will be arriving from all over the UK and abroad and we will be knee deep in low grade ash that has been a total flop for the construction industry and is toxic landfill.

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    Alan Allan

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Alan.. Great Blakenham is a prime candidate for waste by rail network unlike densely populated area of Kings Lynn, there is no main town to pollute similar to Snetterton Norfolk.

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