In brief: energy-from-waste contract news

Latest waste-to-energy developments across the UK involve a mix of technologies including gasification, anaerobic digestion and biomass for wood waste.

Origin Renewable Energy has submitted a planning application for a gasification combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Desborough, Northamptonshire.

The proposed 96,000 tonne facility will use technology from Energos and take residual waste from households and businesses. It will be sited at Magnetic Park and incorporate a visitors centre that will offer training, education and meeting facilities to the local community.

Meanwhile biogas firm Tamar Energy is set to build its first anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Holbeach Hurn, Lincolnshire, in conjunction with AH Worth, a family business whose major operating subsidiary is QV Foods, a multi-site produce packing and marketing operation.

The plant will be located at one of the top-four potato processing sites in the UK supplying produce to national retailers. Discarded organic material from the packing lines and storage facilities will be diverted to the facility, which has capacity to treat 36,000 tonnes per year.

The plant is expected to be operational towards the end of 2013 and will have an electrical output of 1.5 MW. QV Foods will harness the large majority of the electricity production, with any surplus being delivered as green electricity to the National Grid.

Down in the southeast of England, Hadfield Wood Recyclers has entered a long-term agreement with Tilbury Green Power (TGP) to provide recovered wood to a new power facility located at Tilbury Docks in Essex.

TGP has approval to use up to 650,000 tonnes of fuel per year at the facility, including solid recovered fuel, and biomass fuel from virgin and recovered wood. TGP will be able to produce up to 60 MW of electricity, enough to power around 100,000 homes.

Hadfield has been chosen as the preferred supplier of biomass fuel from recovered wood for the boiler. The company will look to supply a minimum of 50,000 tonnes of biomass wood chip per year, but that could increase to over 200,000 tonnes depending on the final fuel mix.

Maxine Perella

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