In brief: energy-from-waste contract news

Latest developments in this sector centre around new infrastructure gains, particularly for refuse-derived fuels and anaerobic digestion.

Build work on a multi-million pound refuse-derived fuel (RDF) production facility has been completed in Hull, operated by Transwaste Recycling & Aggregates.

Producing up to 40 tonnes of RDF per hour, the facility is part of a planned expansion for Transwaste. Initially 50,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste from households and businesses, will be transported here. Most of the baled RDF will be exported, while some will be fed to the national grid.

Meanwhile in Bristol, New Earth Solutions, has won planning permission for an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at its Willow Farm site in Avonmouth.

The 50,000 tonnes per annum plant will treat food waste that has been separately collected from households and businesses. Up to 3MW of electricity will be generated and it is scheduled for commissioning in autumn 2013.

The Willow plant is the first of its kind in the Bristol area designed specifically to treat separately collected food waste. New Earth has feedstock contracts with Bristol City Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Cardiff Council and Newport Council.

Another green light has been given to Biffa for an energy recovery facility at Newhurst Quarry in Shepshed, Leicestershire, following a successful appeal.

Once built, the plant will provide sufficient electricity to power the equivalent of 42,000 homes and divert 300,000 tonnes of waste from landfill in Leicestershire.

Following consultation between Biffa, Leicestershire County Council and English Heritage, plans were amended prior to the appeal to include additional mitigation through tree planting in Garendon Park and restoration work to Grade I and II listed buildings within the park.

Biffa originally submitted the planning application for the site in December 2009.

Maxine Perella

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