Waste facilities progress – a bird’s eye view

Posted by Maria Vinogradova on 15 February 2013


Perhaps in other jobs there is time to contemplate post-festive January blues and gently ease in to the new
calendar year. 

Not so in the waste industry. The first few weeks of 2013 have seen a flurry of activity regarding waste treatment infrastructure planning and delivery.

Two major energy from waste facilities received planning permission in Leeds, as local planning officers tackled their household and commercial waste loads in one swift move. Leeds is now likely to become the test platform for the increasingly heated overcapacity debate; in reality will both plants be delivered to their planned capacity and will they be able to source enough feedstock regionally to satisfy their hungry kilns? 

The Essex MBT facility, which Ricardo-AEA helped to procure, has also been given the green light and is well on the way to breaking ground on site.

Eric Pickles has been in the news again, calling in a controversial incinerator proposal in Hertfordshire, but then not doing so in North Yorkshire, whilst criticising Europe’s biggest waste project in Greater Manchester as a waste of taxpayers’ money. When does he take a break? And doesn’t he have other things to worry about?

There’s been progress on long awaited residual waste treatment contracts in Wakefield, South Wales and Peterborough, whilst AmeyCespa managed to deliver the first piece of good news since the breakdown of the Cambridgeshire MBT by opening their nearby MRF.

Monitoring developments over the past month, I can say with confidence that our FALCON online waste infrastructure map is getting more crowded. Whilst some of my peers in other organisations are ringing alarm bells about surplus capacities, I remain convinced that this infrastructure surge is a good thing. Most of the plants described above are the fruition of long term PFI plans initiated more than five years ago, which have been held up by a variety of factors, and which are now finally on the way to delivering suitable and robust technologies for the much needed diversion of waste from landfill.

The situation for merchant facilities designed to capture commercial and industrial wastes looks far more complex, and new plans are coming to market, but most are a long way from securing finance, planning consents or feedtsock.

Here is a table of our most recent infrastructure updates. 

Operator

Name

Location

WDA/UA/MDA

Primary Tech Type

Current

ReFood (PDM Group)

Desoto Road

Widnes

Halton

AD

7-In Construction

Emerald Biogas

Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate

County Durham

Durham

AD

7-In Construction

BiogenGreenfinch

Bygrave Lodge Farm

Baldock

Hertfordshire

AD

7-In Construction

Shanks

South Kirkby Business Park

South Kirkby

Wakefield

MHT

3-Proposed

Spencer Group

Energy Works

Hull

Kingston-upon-Hull

ATT

5-Planning Granted

Viridor

GRREC, Polmadie

Rutherglen

Glasgow City

Mixed

5-Planning Granted

SITA

Charlton Lane Eco Park

Shepperton

Surrey

Mixed

5-Planning Granted

AmeyCespa

Allerton Waste Recovery Park

Harrogate

North Yorkshire

Mixed

5-Planning Granted

Veolia

New Barnfield

Hatfield

Hertfordshire

Combustion

5-Planning Granted

Combined Power & Heat Highlands Ltd

Invergordon

Highlands

Highland

Combustion

5-Planning Granted

Cory, Wheelabrator

Willows Power and Recycling Centre

Kings Lynn

Norfolk

Combustion

4-In Planning

Energos

Knowsley Business Park

Kirkby

Knowsley

ATT

6-Permit Issued

SITA

Billingham

Teesside

Stockton-on-Tees

Combustion

9-Operational

SITA

North East Energy Recovery Centre

Billingham

Stockton-on-Tees

Combustion

7-In Construction

SITA

Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC)

St Dennis, Rostowrack

Cornwall

Combustion

7-In Construction

FCC Environment

Whisby Road

North Hykeham

Lincolnshire

Combustion

7-In Construction

Viridor

Trident Park

Cardiff

Cardiff

Combustion

6-Permit Issued

Covanta

Rookery Pit

Stewartby

Central Bedfordshire

Combustion

5-Planning Granted

FCC Environment

Greatmoor (Calvert)

Greatmoor Farm

Buckinghamshire

Combustion

5-Planning Granted

Biffa

Skelton Grange

Leeds

Leeds

Combustion

5-Planning Granted

Viridor

Fourth Drove

Fengate

Peterborough

Combustion

5-Planning Granted

Veolia

Pontecraft Lane

Cross Green

Leeds

Combustion

5-Planning Granted

AmeyCespa [Donarbon]

Waterbeach Waste Management Park

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Mixed

2-Closed/Inoperational

Hills Waste Solutions

Northacre Resource Recovery Centre

Westbury

Wiltshire

MBT

7-In Construction

Urbaser Balfour Beatty

Courtauld Road

Basildon

Essex

MBT

5-Planning Granted

DS Smith [SCA]

Hounsdown Business Park, Totton

Southampton

Hampshire

MRF

9-Operational

AmeyCespa

Waterbeach Waste Management Park

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

MRF

9-Operational

SITA

Binnegar Quarry

Wareham

Dorset

MRF

9-Operational

Neath Port Talbot Recycling Ltd

Crymlyn Burrows

Neath Port Talbot

Neath Port Talbot

Mixed

2-Closed/Inoperational

Origin Renewable Energy

Magnetic Park

Desborough

Northamptonshire

ATT

5-Planning Granted

If you’d like to find out more about these plants, how their progress could impact on your regional plans, or how we go about tracking them, contact maria.vinogradova@ricardo-aea.com


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