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AXIS Secures Planning Consent for 49.5MWe Gas Peaking Plant

AXIS has secured planning consent, on behalf of Harbour Energy Ltd, for a 49.5MWe Gas Peaking Plant on land adjacent to National Grid’s Supergrid Substation to the east of Kirkby, Knowsley.

Working closely with Harbour Energy and local technology provider Clarke Energy, AXIS co-ordinated the planning application, noise, air quality, ecological and Landscape and Visual assessments. AXIS addressed consultation responses and managed the process during determination. The application was approved under delegated powers.

AXIS are working on a number of other Gas Peaking Plants across the UK.

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AXIS secures planning consent for Tata Chemicals Europe for the UK’s first industrial scale Carbon Capture and Utilisation (“CCU”) Demonstration Plant which will reduce carbon emissions, whilst ensuring a secure, sustainable supply of carbon dioxide – a raw material critical to the TATA Chemicals Europe’s international growth.

AXIS is delighted to have successfully secured detailed planning permission from Cheshire West and Chester Council, on behalf of Tata Chemicals Europe Limited (TCE), for the development of a ground breaking Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilisation Demonstration Plant.  The CCU will support the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, the £16.7m project will be funded by TCE with the support of a £4.2m grant from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Carbon Capture and Utilisation Demonstration Programme. The approved development is the first large-scale CCU project of its kind in the UK, the project also marks a world first in capturing and purifying carbon dioxide from power generation plant emission gases to use as a key raw material to manufacture high purity sodium bicarbonate.

The Plant will capture CO2 emitted from the existing, highly efficient, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Energy Plant at TCE’s Winnington Works Site in Northwich. The Winnington Works is the UKs largest single site user of liquid CO2, which is used in the manufacture of high-grade sodium bicarbonate which is primarily used in the pharmaceutical and haemodialysis sectors.  TCE already exports 60% of its sodium bicarbonate to over 60 countries across the globe. The CCU project will be a springboard for TCE to unlock further growth into its export markets.

The facility will be the first of its kind in the UK and would provide a wholly sustainable solution by capturing CO2 from the exhaust gases of the existing CHP energy plant, by utilising it within the on-site production of sodium bicarbonate. The CCU plant will be capable of capturing and producing up to 40,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide and will reduce TCE’s carbon emissions at the CHP plant by 11%.

AXIS was responsible for the preparation and submission of the detailed planning application, supporting documentation, undertaking the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and production of the Environmental Statement (ES). AXIS worked closely with TCE technical staff and proactively with the Council to secure planning permission for this unique and exciting project, within the 16-week determination period.

Commenting on the project, TCE MD, Martin Ashcroft, said,

“The CCU demonstration plant will enable us to reduce our carbon emissions, whilst securing supplies of a critical raw material, helping to grow the export of our products across the world. Implementing this industry leading project, with such strong environmental and operational benefits is hugely exciting, and we’re pleased to be working closely with BEIS to deliver the demonstration plant.

We hope that this project will demonstrate the viability of CCU and pave the way for further applications of the technology to support the decarbonisation of industrial activity. Our parent company, Tata Chemicals Ltd, has supported this innovative project, enabling our UK operations to continue to reduce its carbon emissions. This project is a great example of business and Government working together to rise to the challenge of decarbonising industrial production.”

Commenting on the work with AXIS, Director of Projects for TCE, Ladan Iravanian, said,

“We worked closely with AXIS on this groundbreaking project and their support in the planning process has been invaluable.  The AXIS team brings experience, energy and insights that helped shape our planning application.  It was great to have their support and that of Chester and Cheshire West Council for this carbon capture and use demonstration project.”

In April 2018 the publication the Government’s ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ set a framework for growing national income, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  To help enable this goal, the Government committed to spend up to £100 million from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Energy Innovation Programme to support Industry and Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) innovation.  With the objective of improving business and industry efficiency, and further reducing the cost of deploying CCUS, the Carbon Capture & Utilisation Demonstration (CCUD) Programme – announced in the Clean Growth Strategy – provides grant funding to innovation projects that significantly reduce the cost of capturing and utilisation of CO2.

Commenting on the project, Chris Skidmore, Energy & Clean Growth Minister said,

“Cutting edge technology to capture carbon will cut emissions as we work towards a net zero economy, while creating new jobs – a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.

This innovative project from Tata Chemicals Europe represents a major milestone in efforts to rollout carbon capture at scale by the 2030s.”

Further details about the project can be found at the following external links:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-48785945

https://www.tatachemicalseurope.com/news-release-tata-chemicals-europe-build-uks-largest-carbon-capture-use-plant

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-tata-chemicals-carboncapture/tata-chemicals-plans-first-uk-industrial-carbon-capture-demo-plant-idUKKCN1TR3AU

https://www.ft.com/content/b45d94b6-97fc-11e9-8cfb-30c211dcd229

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/27/uks-biggest-carbon-capture-project-is-step-change-on-emissions

For further information about this project and on Tata Chemicals Europe, please contact Conker Communications.

Martin@conkercommunications.com | Sue@connkercommunications.com  www.conkercommunications.com  | 0161 445 9837

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AXIS helps Peel Energy secure planning permission for Mossy Hill Wind Farm Shetland

AXIS LVIA staff assisted Peel Energy in securing planning consent for a 12 turbine, 145m to blade tip wind farm on the outskirts of Lerwick, Shetland.  AXIS advised on the design of the windfarm from a landscape and visual perspective and undertook the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for the project.  A key issue was minimising the potential effects on a nearby National Scenic Area.  This was achieved through an iterative design process earlier in the design development stage and Scottish Natural Heritage raised no objections in this respect.

http://www.peelenergy.co.uk/mossy-hill

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Improved Flood Defences for Littleborough, Rochdale

AXIS was commissioned by Jacobs on behalf of Environment Agency (EA) to provide consultancy services for Littleborough, Rochdale. AXIS and Jacobs worked closely with EA and Rochdale Council to develop proposals for the River Roch, Town House Brook and Greenvale Brook including upstream storage at Gale.

AXIS provided Jacobs with landscape design services helping to create new flood defences to fit in with the local vernacular using its Design Vision approach. AXIS also coordinated the planning submission including the supporting planning statement and design and access statement.

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AXIS Attends Official Opening Ceremony for the Completed Salford Flood Improvement Scheme

The completed Salford Flood Improvement Scheme was officially opened on 2 February 2018 by EA Chair, Emma Howard-Boyd and Salford City’s Mayor, Paul Dennett. Costing £10 million, the scheme will reduce the risk of flooding for almost 2000 homes and businesses in Lower Broughton and Lower Kersal.

The flood basin sits within a meander loop of the River Irwell upstream of Salford. The 28 hectare flood storage basin will hold 650 million litres of water (an equivalent volume to 260 Olympic sized swimming pools) during a flood. The design includes more than 5 hectares of urban wetland habitat bringing attractive landscape to people and wildlife. It will work in tandem with Littleton Road flood storage basin and other channel raising work, completed in 2005 – AXIS and Jacobs were also consultants on these earlier phases.

AXIS formed part of the Jacobs consultant team, advising the EA on the appraisal and delivery of the scheme for the last 3 years.

AXIS coordinated the preparation of the Environmental Statement for the EIA schedule 2 flood storage basin. It then secured planning approval and coordinated discharge of all planning conditions. AXIS helped to design significant public realm improvements along the riverside walkway (Irwell Sculpture Trail); and nature conservation enhancements for the new wetlands.

Artwork alludes to former use of storage basin as Manchester’s Race Course

Over 5ha of wetland created contributing to BAP targets

Aerial view of Salford’s new flood storage basin at Castle Irwell

AXIS oversaw the environmental aspects of construction and ensured that the initial landscape masterplan was realised.

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AXIS Attends Official Opening Ceremony for the Completed Mersey Warrington Flood Risk Management Scheme

The completed Mersey Warrington Flood Risk Management Scheme was officially opened on 26 January 2018 by EA Chief Executive, Sir James Bevan and Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Les Morgan.

Costing over £34 million, the scheme is one of the largest flood defence projects in northwest England which will significantly reduce the risk of flooding to over 2000 homes and businesses in Warrington and protect vital infrastructure contributing to the local and regional economy.

Opening plaque with consultants from AXIS, Jacobs and CH2M

AXIS formed part of the consultant team, with engineering consultants CH2M and Jacobs, advising the EA on the appraisal and delivery of the scheme for the last 7 years.

AXIS role was to assist the EA in working with landowner and stakeholder organisations such as Warrington Council, Peel Holdings, United Utilities and the numerous community groups and residents affected by the scheme.

AXIS prepared the initial Design Guidelines setting the overall design parameters and allowing regulators to appreciate the vision. AXIS secured consent for the original hybrid planning application with accompanying ES covering the detailed design of Phase 1 and outline of Phases 2 & 3. AXIS then secured detailed planning consent for later phases.

AXIS helped to design significant public realm improvements for Knutsford Road and Victoria Park; nature conservation enhancements for Twiggeries; improved connectivity along the river through the provision of new cycleways/footpaths; and interpretation of heritage features.

Jelly Bean Wharf (redesigned viewing and seating area)

Public realm improvements along Knutsford Road

AXIS oversaw the environmental aspects of the construction and ensured that the initial environmental and landscape vision was realised.

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AXIS Involved in Major Mixed-Use Scheme

AXIS Transport formed a key part of the consultant team supporting Russell Homes in the preparation of a hybrid planning application to Rochdale Council for a 320-acre site in South Heywood. It is envisaged that the site will be developed over a 20 year timeframe, with the masterplan including for the delivery of a 2.2km new link road connecting to M62 J19 (detailed planning application) and a mixed-use development area consisting of 1.45m sqft of employment floor space and up to 1,000 residential dwellings with ancillary retail and community uses, including a potential new primary school.

The new link road represents a recognised infrastructure priority for both Rochdale Council and Transport for Greater Manchester and would provide a new strategic eastbound connection to the national motorway network from the major employment areas at South Heywood. The new link road would be part-funded by grants from TfGM and Highways England, with the funding shortfall met by Russell Homes through the revenue generated by the proposed housing areas.
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AXIS were commissioned by Russell Homes to prepare a comprehensive Transport Assessment for the combined link road / outline development proposals, including information drawn from a bespoke SATURN model for the South Heywood area, prepared in liaison with Rochdale Council & Highways England. AXIS also prepared a range of additional input including a Framework Travel Plan and relevant sections of the formal Environmental Statement. A decision on the proposals is anticipated within the next 12 months, allowing work on the link road to begin by 2019.

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AXIS Secures 67MW of Gas Fired Generation for the Capacity Market Auctions

AXIS has secured planning consent for 67MW of gas fired electricity generation capacity at a number of sites across the UK. The Capacity Market Auctions at the end of 2016 require all sites to have a valid planning permission by the 4th November 2016 to qualify for the auction. AXIS was commissioned by a number of clients on sites across the UK to secure planning consent for a series of gas engines (5MW to 20MW installations) to provide energy security and stability to the National Grid. AXIS co-ordinated the planning applications, noise and air quality assessments and flood risk assessments where required, successfully securing consent for 67MW of capacity prior to the auction deadline, despite challenging timescales.

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Salford’s second Flood Storage basin approved and under construction

On behalf of the Environment Agency, AXIS submitted the planning application and ES on 11th October and Salford City Council granted planning permission on 19th December, just 9 weeks later for Salford’s second flood storage basin. AXIS, working with Jacobs, has since been involved in discharging conditions, overseeing tree removal and providing design support to the EA’s JV contractor Galliford Try. Work is due to be completed by late 2015/early 2016 providing enhanced protection for 1400 homes and 500 businesses in Lower Broughton and Lower Kersal, Salford.

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A477 St Clears to Red Roses Now Open

A new 9km stretch of the A477 in Carmarthenshire was opened to traffic during 2014. AXIS was responsible for the landscape and visual impact assessment of the proposals, and AXIS staff successfully provided expert witness evidence at public inquiry. AXIS has also developed the detailed landscape design for the scheme and has overseen the implementation of planting works. AXIS continues to have an involvement in post construction landscape monitoring and maintenance on behalf of Ramboll and Sisk Roadbridge.

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