Viridor has submitted to Natural Resources Wales (NRW) an application for a standard variation to the environmental permit for its energy from waste facility at Trident Park.
This variation is required to accommodate design improvements in the EfW combustion grate and boiler, and reflects the change in composition of waste since the original permit was applied for in 2009.
Due to successful recycling schemes in Wales, levels of food waste and glass in the waste mix have reduced, resulting in a slightly higher average calorific value of the waste as fuel.
The proposed changes have been put forward taking into consideration: the Environment Bill, the statutory recycling targets in the mid to long-term, population growth and economic activity trends as they are all linked into the profile of future waste arisings.
NRW will process the application and conduct a full public consultation in line with their standard procedures.
An application has also been submitted to Natural Resources Wales for Stage 1 Energy Efficiency for R1 Status for the plant.
Dan Cooke, Viridor – “As we move towards operating the facility, we have submitted a number of routine applications that will assist in the optimal running of the plant. We remain committed to open dialogue and transparency with our stakeholders”
This is standard procedure to formally classify the plant as an energy recovery facility (R1) as opposed to a waste disposal facility (D10).
Viridor is also intending to submit two planning applications to Cardiff City Council for minor modifications and additions to the Trident Park facility. These consist of an additional weighbridge, a storage tank for diesel and a water settlement pit. Diesel will be used to initially start the furnace before any waste is introduced and for restarts following planned shut downs for maintenance.
The water settlement pit will be used to collect a set amount of discharged water on a daily basis to remove any solids that have occurred during the steam raising process. The additional weighbridge will help our customers by improving the flow of traffic on site and avoiding waste trucks queuing to access the facility.
Dan Cooke, Director of External Affairs said: “As we move towards operating the facility, we have submitted a number of routine applications that will assist in the optimal running of the plant. We remain committed to open dialogue and transparency with our stakeholders”.
The construction of the facility is progressing well and remains on schedule for completion in December 2014, the company said.