In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news

Energy recovery infrastructure has received a boost with several significant infrastructure developments in the pipeline following contract wins.

ENER-G Natural Power has joined forces with Seneca Global Energy to harness energy generation from three landfill sites in the north of England.

ENER-G will design, build, finance, operate and maintain three renewable energy facilities at Seneca’s landfill sites at near Newcastle, Hartlepool and Hull. In total up to 3.8MW of electricity could be generated for export to the grid.

The methane gas will be drawn from the waste through a series of wells and then captured and converted into electricity using technology that will be housed in small soundproofed enclosures. It is hoped the facilities will be operational next month.

Meanwhile Viridor has received planning permission to build a £154m recycling and renewable energy centre (GRREC) in Polmadie, Glasgow.
This marks a key milestone in a partnership between Viridor and Glasgow City Council to overhaul the way in which the city manages its domestic green bin residual waste over the next 25 years.

The GRREC will operate a three-step process comprising a materials recycling facility, anaerobic digestion (AD) and an advanced conversion facility to recover energy from any residual waste that remains. Construction will start this summer with completion in early 2016.

Another AD deal has been struck in County Durham, with the north east’s first commercial food waste facility at Emerald Biogas on the Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate.

This £8m plant should start utilising food waste and producing heat and power from May onwards. Once at full capacity, it will generate 1.56MW of electricity.

It will process 50,000 tonnes of food waste per year and has capacity to expand in the future, with planning permission already secured to increase the facility to four times its current size.

Maxine Perella

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