In brief: energy-from-waste contract news

Latest deals centre around Wales' first combined heat and power (CHP) energy-from-waste (EfW) facility and a multi-fuel generation plant in Yorkshire.

In Cardiff, Viridor has signed a contract with a joint venture between EfW engineering specialist CNIM and construction firm Lagan to build the £185m CHP energy recovery facility that will be based in Trident Park.

The plant will treat 350,000 tonnes of residual waste and provide a source of electricity and heat to the city, generating 30MW – enough to power 50,000 homes and businesses.

Viridor is also working with local developers and Trident Park landowners PMG on delivering the heat network. The facility is scheduled to be fully operational in 2014.

Meanwhile in West Yorkshire, Swiss firm Hitachi Zosen Inova has been chosen to build a multi-fuel plant at SEE’s Ferrybridge power station that will generate electricity by thermal waste treatment.

The project is worth around £226m and the client for the new plant is Ferrybridge Multifuel Energy, a joint venture between utility firm SSE and EfW operator Wheelabrator Technologies.

The facility will primarily be supplied with fuel from the Yorkshire region, in particular from local councils in Barnsley, Rotherham, and Doncaster. The design allows for up to 42 tonnes per hour to be pro-cessed in each of the two process lines.

The energy generated by the 68 MW plant will be fed into the grid in the form of electricity, with an option to export heat if there is a local demand. Construction will start in late 2012, and will be concluded in early 2015.

Maxine Perella

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