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£160M Lakeside EfW taken over by Grundon/Viridor partnership

The £160M Lakeside energy from waste plant has been officially taken over by its joint shareholders Grundon Waste Management and Viridor.

After a successful phased commissioning programme, the engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contractor -  Japanese collaboration Itochu/Takuma - has handed the plant over.

The news comes after the opening of the plant was initially delayed. A spokesperson for the project explained: The original delays related to pressure testing on the boiler system called economisers. This has all been resolved now.

The programme demonstrated the facilitys operability over a trial period involving waste combustion, energy generation and connection to the National Grid.

Situated at Colnbrook, the  plant has a capacity to take up to 410,000 tonnes of waste each year, generating 37MW of power. Powered by residual waste from businesses and local authorities, it produces  enough electricity to power 64,500 households.

Now, further trials will take place, with a staggered eight-day shutdown of the plant to carry out nspections. This will be followed by 60 days of performance trials to demonstrate the reliability of the facility and test various contract performance parameters.

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