The Duke of Edinburgh opened the Viridor-Grundon joint venture Lakeside energy-from-waste (EfW) facility, at Colnbrook, Slough, yesterday (27 October).
Also attended by dignitaries including the Japanese Ambassador Shin Ebihara, who gave a speech about the role of EfW, the Duke of Edinburgh, Lakeside’s key customers and other guests were given the opportunity to tour the plant.
Chairman of the Lakeside board Doug Benjafield said: “The facility is an excellent example of how effective EfW facilities can be in generating much-needed, base-load power for the national grid, largely from non-fossil fuels.
“We are delighted that the Duke of Edinburgh has shown such a keen interest in this modern technology at the opening of the plant. We were able to demonstrate to all our guests the importance of safely and efficiently harnessing energy from residual waste.”
The original opening of the £160m plant was postponed following delays on the pressure testing of the boiler system, which was resolved earlier this year.
With an annual capacity of 410,000 tonnes of waste from businesses and local authorities, the facility should generate 37MW of power, enough for 64,500 households.