The Real Petfood Company (TRPC) has commenced the construction of a chimney along with the installation of odour abatement equipment at its Kinmel Park factory in Bodelwyddan.
Construction comes after local residents complained about an “overpowering” odour at the factory in July last year. TRPC says the new chimney will “ensure the rapid dispersal of any odours associated with the manufacture of its range of pet food products”.
Although planning approval for the chimney was granted last November, agreement had still to be reached with Denbighshire County Council over landscaping and visual aspects such as the positioning of the odour abatement equipment and associated duct work.
Managing director James Lawson confirmed the pre-conditions had now all been agreed and the equipment was being located within the factory while the duct work would be behind the chimney to minimise any visual impact.
Lawson said: “Some time ago we took the decision to press ahead with manufacturing the actual chimney which will speed things up and I’m delighted that we can now commence construction work. Once operational, the dilution process will mix 65,000m3 of air with 10,000m3 of bakery oven air every hour and propel them at speed up the chimney to ensure full dispersal.”