Work progressing on joint venture energy from waste facility at Wilton
The SITA Sembcorp waste to energy plant, which is being developed for the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, will generate enough electricity to power around 63,000 homes through the utilisation of over 430,000 tonnes of household residual waste each year as a sustainable fuel. The material would previously have been sent to landfill.
The plant was given the go ahead by its joint venture partners SITA UK, Sembcorp and the ITOCHU Corporation in December 2013 following their selection by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority to deliver the £1billion, 30-year Resource and Recovery Contract for the Merseyside and Halton councils. Civil preparations including piling and excavation work began earlier this year.
Construction activities are being managed by joint venture company CNIM Clugston Wilton Ltd and civil works will continue over the next few months with construction of the main plant structure not expected to begin until later this year. At peak, the work will sustain around 200 to 300 construction jobs.
Carl Beer, Chief Executive of Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority said: “The contract and the development of this new facility brings more than £100M worth savings to the Authority and its partner councils over the current costs and will enable the Authority and its partner councils to divert more than 92 per cent of its residual waste from landfill.”
Andy Stokes, Project Director of SITA Sembcorp UK, said: “It is a challenging and exciting project. The initial preparatory works are progressing to plan but safety remains our top priority throughout.”
When operational in 2016, the waste – minus elements capable of being recycled – will be brought to Teesside from a new rail hub and rail loading waste transfer station at the existing Potter Group Rail Freight Terminal at Kirkby in Knowsley on Merseyside creating around 25 permanent new jobs, with a further 50 jobs being created at the Wilton facility.”
Teesside has a deserved reputation at the forefront of energy from waste (EfW) engineering in the UK and the area’s own waste has been managed by SITA UK at its site at Billingham since the 1990s.
The new plant will generate 49 megawatts of electricity. It will also have the capability to deliver 190 tonnes of steam per hour to site businesses when operational and will save more than 127,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year compared to landfilling a similar amount of waste. By using rail instead of road, the initiative will prevent the need for the equivalent of 21,000 heavy goods vehicles road movements each year.
MERSEYSIDE WASTE DISPOSAL AUTHORITY
Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.
MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside’s residents.
MWDA is a key partner in the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership which was established in 2005. All members of the MHWP have responsibilities for tackling the effective delivery of sustainable municiapal waste management in Merseyside
SITA UK, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, is a recycling and resource management company, generating environmental value, social value and economic value from our nation’s waste. The company delivers environmentally responsible and increasingly innovative solutions for the public, local government, industry and commerce, enabling our customers to reduce their impact on the environment. SITA UK serves over 12 million people and handles more than 9 million tonnes of domestic, commercial and industrial waste through a network of recycling, composting, energy-from-waste and landfill facilities. SITA UK employs over 5,500 staff and has an annual turnover in excess of £750 million.
People who may be interested in a career in Energy from Waste can contact SITA UK via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge to protect resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 90 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 58 million people and collects the waste produced by 46 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 78,700 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is the world’s leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a 35.4% GDF SUEZ affiliate, reported sales turnover of 12.3 billion euros at the end of financial year 2009.
Sembcorp Industries is a leading energy, water and marine group operating across six continents worldwide. With facilities of over 7,200 megawatts of gross power capacity and over eight million cubic metres of water per day in operation and under development, Sembcorp is a trusted provider of essential energy and water solutions to both industrial and municipal customers. It is also a world leader in marine and offshore engineering, as well as an established brand name in urban development.
The Group has total assets of over S$14 billion and employs approximately 10,000 employees. Listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange, it is a component stock of the Straits Times Index and several MSCI and FTSE indices.
In the UK, Sembcorp Utilities UK owns the 770-hectare Wilton International site and provides energy, water and on-site logistics to industrial customers and power to the grid. The company is also a pioneer of biomass power production in the UK having developed the country’s first large scale wood-fuelled renewable energy plant, the Sembcorp Biomass Power Station.