Here is the latest report on Hydrodecs movements in Eastham. Once again they seem confident of gaining approval, (remember the job adverts some months ago? )
The NSIP process is a not one that can be circumvented and so far it has not begun officially. It has been applied for and accepted but the process is yet to begin. We were told a leaflet was to be delivered by the 22nd July,by Hydrodec beginning the consultation process, but as yet we have seen no evidence of it much the same as the last time
06:10, 31 JULY 2015
Hydrodec facility will bring 40 jobs to Eastham but more than 1,400 people have signed a petition opposing it
The site in Eastham where the used oil re-refinery would be built by the QE2 Dock. Pictures courtesy of the Hydrodec Group
Plans to build the UK’s first oil re-refinery on the Wirral side of the Mersey have moved a step closer – despite local opposition.
The Hydrodec Group has entered into an agreement with Peel Ports Group for a long-term lease for the £40m facility at Port Wirral in Eastham.
The AIM-listed company, which operates two other used oil re-refineries, in Canton, Ohio and in New South Wales, Australia, is now bringing forward an application to develop a facility to re-refine used oils in the UK.
The re-refinery process transforms used oil which would otherwise be treated as a waste product into a new product.
The regenerated base oil is used as a building block to create lubricants which are used in a wide range of applications but particularly in the automotive and industrial sectors.
Hydrodec chose Peel Port’s new Port Wirral site fin order to take advantage of the transport connections by road, rail and water along the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal.
Basing themselves in the North West of England also allows Hydrodec to tap into the established petrochemicals expertise in the region.
Subject to planning permission under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning regime, the nine-acre site at Queen Elizabeth II Docks forms the first phase of the development.
The re-refinery is set to create up to 40 jobs and apprenticeship opportunities, and will support further jobs during the construction phases.
However, more than 1,400 people signed an online petition against the development.
Ian Smale, chief executive of Hydrodec, said: “We considered various potential sites in the UK for the new re-refinery and selected the Eastham site for a number of reasons.
“The site is located in an established petrochemicals region and is allocated for employment use, provides good transport links by river and road, while the availability of adjacent storage facilities means the size of the new plant can be kept to a minimum.”
As part of plans to develop the re-refinery, Peel Ports will invest more than £400,000 to relocate and provided an upgraded pitch, changing and club facilities for community football team MSC Eastham.
Peel Ports has worked with the club, Wirral Council and Sport England to finalise a solution and location which meets MSC Eastham’s aspirations.