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£45m Devon EfW plant to divert 60k tonnes from landfill

A £45m energy- from- waste (EfW) plant helping to divert 60,000 tonnes of residual waste from landfill in Devon is to be built by French company Tiru under contract to Viridor Waste Management.

The plant will be built on the former Exeter Incinerator site on the Marsh Barton Trading Estate in Exeter and is expected to be up and running by the summer of 2014. Viridor has already obtained planning consent and an operating permit.

Devon County Council signed a Modification Order on its existing waste disposal contract with Viridor for the deal to build the thermal treatment plant to go ahead. The council already has a recycling and composting rate of 55%.

The plant will produce around 3 MW of electricity per hour, which will be exported to the National Grid. It will be designed to export heat that could be used for a district heating network was set up on the Marsh Barton estate.

Viridor Waste Management managing director Mike Hellings said: “Viridor is pleased to be able to help Devon to re-establish a thermal treatment plant on the site of the former incinerator in Exeter, which will ensure the council can comply with the requirements of the Landfill Directive.”

Devon County Council cabinet member for environment and community, Cllr Roger Croad, said: “It will complement our existing services and eliminate the risk of being fined for non-compliance with the Landfill Directive. This is robust, safe and clean technology with an established track record, which should give many years of reliable service.”

Tiru will operate the plant for the first five years under contract and it will then be taken over by Viridor. It has operated more than 30 thermal processing plants across Europe, including an oscillating kiln plant near Grimsby, which it built and operated for six years.

The Devon plant will use an oscillating kiln technology, which Tiru says ensures thorough combustion of waste and low emissions, even compared to Waste Incineration Directive standards. It added that a website will be available for people to log on and compare its emissions to other plants across Europe.

Devon County Council is about to offer a tender opportunity for the design and build of the transport element of a transfer station operation in the Teignbridge District Council area.

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