Statera Energy’s 60MW UK battery plan ‘rejected on safety grounds’

March 11, 2024

Statera Energy’s application to build a 60MW battery energy storage facility on land to the north of the existing Chickerell substation and to the south of Coldharbour, near Weymouth in Dorset in the UK have been rejected by Dorset Council have been rejected for “safety reasons”, according to media reports.

The site of the proposed facility would total approximately 30 hectares including land for landscape and biodiversity enhancement.

But it has been reported that Dorset Council’s planning committee unanimously voted against plans for a 60MW facility in Chickerell. They ruled it presented “too big a risk” in the event the lithium batteries caught fire.

A meeting of the planning committee heard that local residents had been “frightened” by the proposals because such a fire could not be extinguished by water and would therefore have to burn itself out raising fears of toxic fumes being released.

Statera has said the “highest health and safety performance is central to our values and activities”.