In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news
The latest activity in the energy recovery sector sees three major infrastructure projects take flight including a novel incinerator bottom ash recycling facility underpinned by a sustainable mode of transport.
This facility will be built in South Gloucestershire on behalf of SITA, following a successful planning application by Enzygo for a railhead and bottom ash recycling plant.
It will be built on land adjacent to a planned Severnside Energy Recovery Centre (ERC) and will recycle the bottom ash arising from the ERC.
It has capacity for 100,000 tonnes per annum whilst the adjoining railhead waste reception facility is capable of handling up to 400,000 tonnes per annum of material received for thermal treatment at the ERC as well as the potential despatch of recycled bottom ash as a secondary aggregate.
Building works are set to commence later this year, with the facility intended to be fully operational by the end of 2016.
By locating both the railhead and bottom ash facilities on the one site, the project supports a sustainable transport mode of waste that would otherwise require up to an additional 118 HGV lorry deliveries every day.
Further south, Essex County Council has granted planning permission to Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) for a new mechanical biological treatment (MBT) waste treatment facility in Basildon.
Construction is due to start in the spring and is scheduled to take 16 months to complete. The plant, which will include a visitor and education centre, will treat all residual waste thrown away by households in the area.
Meanwhile the anaerobic digestion (AD) sector continues to prosper as Iona Capital has invested in Stanley Renewable Energy, a joint venture company with developer JFS & Associates and a family-run Farm in Cumbria.
This is Iona's first investment in the smaller scale farm-based AD market. JFS & Associates will act as a development partner and construct a new 250kW AD plant at Ponsonby Old Hall Farm in Cumbria.
The farm will supply the feedstock from existing farm wastes such as manure and slurry, supplemented with energy crops.
Stanley Renewable Energy will generate renewable electricity from the process, receiving income under the Feed in Tariff scheme, with the electricity being used on the farm or sold to the National Grid.