Today (Tuesday) Viridor’s chief executive, Ian McAulay, will speak at the CIWM Conference Cymru about the company’s Trident Park project, and he will now be able to tell them assembled delegates that the construction and commissioning phase of its Energy Recovery Facility at the site in Cardiff has been completed.
Delivered “on time and on budget”, the facility is now fully operational under Viridor’s management after the contractor, CNIM/Lagan, handed over the £223m project. Reliability tests are now taking place in preparation for performance testing in April at the facility which will be handling 350,000 tonnes of residual waste per year. 172,000 tonnes of that waste will be coming from the five councils that make up the Prosiect Gwyrdd partnership: Cardiff, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan.
Construction began in May 2012 and at the peak of construction had 600 workers at the site, with 40% coming from the local community. Working man-hours on the project totalled over 1.6m and with only one lost time accident during the entire project, it is rated amongst the safest construction projects worldwide.
The plant was awarded R1 status (which certifies that the ERF is operating at, or in excess of, the energy efficiency threshold required to be officially classified as an Energy Recovery Facility, as opposed to a disposal facility) based on its technical specification, but now operational data can be used to verify the certification. This data shows that the plant is operating at 35% above the energy efficiency threshold required.
Alan Cumming, Capital Projects and Engineering Director, Viridor said: “It’s great to see Trident Park ERF move into its operations phase. The project has been delivered with a world class safety record, on time and on budget which is a tremendous achievement.
“This is a state-of-the-art, facility delivered with sophisticated engineering and smart technology. The project has provided employment, training and wider economic and community benefits and will now provide an essential service and jobs for those working on the plant and supporting it during its 25 year life. I’d like to thank our colleagues and project partners, CNIM/Lagan, for helping to deliver a world-class facility for Cardiff and South East Wales”.