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Ascot wins £18 million contract for waste to energy plant

Ascot Environmental has been awarded an £18 million contract to design and construct a Waste to Energy facility in Dumfries, Scotland.

The project with Scotgen (Dumfries) is due to commence in August 2006 and when operational, the facility will accommodate 30,000 tonnes of waste per annum, with the capacity to extend this amount to 90,000 tonnes.

A large cross section of waste streams will be catered for that includes unsorted municipal, residual solid waste, industrial/commercial and special combustibles.

An Ascot Environmental spokesman said: “Ascot will be incorporating a gasification thermal process from Planet Advantage using proven technology from Enerwaste (USA) under an exclusive European licence agreement.

“The 30,000 tonnes per annum initial installation will produce three megawatts of electricity and negotiations with RWE (npower) are currently underway for a power purchase and operating agreement. RWE has been commissioned by Planet to undertake the process design having previously done extensive due diligence on operational plants in both the USA and Iceland.”

The site will use a batched gasification cycle, with the residual ash suitable for reuse and recycling, while the procedure will be capable of achieving a volume reduction figure of 95%.

Located 500 metres from Shanks’ Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Eco deco plant, it could also complement the reuse of the refuse derived fuel material for waste to energy production, although no formal agreements are in place yet.

After various contacts, Scotgen is positive that the plant could be extended to accommodate some of the local PFI requirements when it starts accepting waste in January 2008.

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