Residents warned of noisy Energy from Waste facility testing

Residents in the North Hykeham and Lincoln area should expect loud noises and steam coming from the Energy from Waste Facility over the next few weeks.

Tests are currently ongoing to asses the quality of the steam produced by the site.

Once operational, the site will burn up to 150,000 tonnes of waste each year. The process will involve the burning of water to produce steam which is then piped into a turbine to generate electricity.

The testing period will begin on July 22 and could last for up to 4 weeks. There will be two tests a day between 7am and 7pm, lasting up to 15 minutes.

The newly installed pipes may contain particles of dust, potentially damaging the turbine. Residents have no need for concern, the County Council said.

However, the test may be noisy and there may be a visible plume of steam rising from the facility.

Sean Kent, Head of Environmental Services at Lincolnshire County Coucil assured locals that the steam, not smoke, coming from the facility is not harmful and will shortly disperse after completion of the tests.

He said: “The Energy from Waste Facility is one of the most important projects in the council’s history. It is currently undergoing a thorough testing procedure to demonstrate that everything works as expected.

“This particular test will make sure that the steam used to generate electricity is of a very high quality so it won’t cause any damage to the equipment.

“People who live nearby will hear loud nosies and perhaps even see some steam coming from the site – please don’t be concerned, this is perfectly normal.

“I apologise for any disturbance this might cause.”