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FCC '100% confident' about EfW plant's feedstock

FCC Environment’s group development director, Richard Belfield is “100% confident” the company’s new energy from waste (EfW) facility will have enough feedstock for its 30-year contract.

The UK’s largest single-line energy from waste (EfW) facility, due to open next spring, has been showcased for the first time.

The company’s Greatmoor EfW site in Buckinghamshire is set to be operational in spring 2016 and will process over 100,000 tonnes of residual waste per annum from the county council for the next 30 years.

It will take up to 300,000 tonnes in total with the remaining capacity being filled from other sources, initially coming from councils in London, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Belfield told MRW he was sure that the site would have enough feedstock throughout its life, despite increasing recycling rates and targets.

He said: “All the councils we currently deal with have very high recycling rates already so I’m 100% confident the facility will have enough feedstock for the next 30 years. We have the next five years fully booked already, and we haven’t even opened.”

The site (pictured) will generate 22MW of electricity, equivalent to the energy required to power up to 36,000 homes.

It will employ 46 full-time staff including 40 working in operations and six in management, generating up to £2.3m for the local Aylesbury Vale economy per year.

Construction of the facility, designed and built by Hitachi Zosen INOVA (HZI), began in September 2013 after Buckinghamshire council and FCC signed a contract earlier that year.

As part of the site, a new access road was built last year to reduce the level of waste traffic that previously travelled through local villages including Edgcott, Grendon Underwood and  Calvert.

High Heavens transfer station is scheduled to open next month, taking all the household, commercial and industrial residual waste collected by the three district councils of Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks.

The planning application for a second transfer station at Amersham, being considered by the planning secretary, will take Chiltern and some of South Bucks’ waste when open. Meanwhile all of the waste collected by Aylesbury Vale District Council will be delivered directly to the Greatmoor EfW at Calvert.

Belfield added: “The construction of Greatmoor EfW marks an important step forward for FCC Environment as the business continues to develop, focusing on its customers’ requirements for extracting value, in the form of energy, from the waste left over after recycling has taken place.”

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