Wheelabrator has submitted its planning application to Flintshire County Council for Parc Adfer, the 200,000 tonne energy recovery facility being proposed for the management of residual waste across North Wales.
Parc Adfer (Adfer meaning to ‘recover’ or ‘restore’ in Welsh) has been designed to manage the non-recyclable waste after statutory targets have been met.
There will also be a limited amount of capacity for accepting commercial and industrial waste, above and beyond the contracted local authority household waste from the region.
The North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP) – a partnership between the Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Gwynedd County Councils – selected Wheelabrator as its preferred bidder in April this year.
Gary Aguinaga, Wheelabrator’s managing director for UK and Europe, said: “These facilities create benefits in many areas – not only will they help us divert more non-recyclable waste from landfill but they will also create jobs, boost supply chain businesses and create more energy security for thousands of UK homes and businesses.”
Gary Aguinaga, Wheelabrator – “These facilities create benefits in many areas – not only will they help us divert more non-recyclable waste from landfill but they will also create jobs, boost supply chain businesses and create more energy security for thousands of UK homes and businesses”
Wheelabrator hopes to receive a decision on its Parc Adfer application during the first half of 2015.
If consent is granted, work on site could start by the end of the year, with the facility entering operation in 2018. The 16MW facility will create around 300 jobs during its three year construction phase, around 35 full time jobs when operational and generate power equivalent to the needs of 30,000 homes.
The development team is currently assessing options for supplying waste heat from Parc Adfer, in the form of piped steam, to nearby industrial or commercial users.
This milestone for Parc Adfer comes just weeks after Wheelabrator announced it had signed an agreement with Biffa to work together on the development of a new 350,000 tonne energy recovery facility on the site of the former Newhurst Quarry at Shepshed in Leicestershire.
The Newhurst project is being progressed by WTI through Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL), its 50:50 joint venture partnership with SSE plc.
Wheelabrator is also now close to completing construction of its Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 facility in West Yorkshire, with the 68MW plant – which is also being developed in partnership with SSE through the MEL joint venture – expected to become commercially operational by summer 2015.
A Development Consent Order application for its sister facility, Ferrybridge Multifuel 2, has also been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate and could have a generating capacity of circa 70MW, producing enough energy to power around 160,000 homes.
A new 550,000 tonne facility at DS Smith Paper’s Kemsley Mill, near Sittingbourne in Kent, is also set to be progressed by Wheelabrator, with planning permission for the facility already in place.