The Ardley Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Oxfordshire has moved a step closer to full operation after being has successfully synchronised with the National Grid.
The £200m Ardley ERF is expected to process 300,000 tonnes of residual waste each year and generate enough electricity to power over 38,000 homes. In doing so, diverting 95% of Oxfordshire’s residual municipal waste from landfill.
Construction of the site began in November 2011 ands full operation is expected to commence later this year. Rod Lerwell, General Manager of the Ardley ERF, said: “I’m so proud to see the facility starting to come to life in these final stages. We’re close to completion and I look forward to taking over from all the teams who have worked in partnership to bring us to this point. We’ll continue with the hard work to ensure that our best-in-class facility provides a great service to the people of Oxfordshire.”
County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “This is excellent news and represents another step towards a more sustainable future for waste in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire County Council, its partners at the district councils and with the valuable support of residents, has done a massive amount of work to reduce household waste and maximise recycling and composting. It is therefore very pleasing to know that what little does ‘go to waste’ will actually provide power and not go into unsustainable landfill.”