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Shanks plant operational one year after fire

Shanks Group says the third line at its Frog Island mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility is now operational a year after being damaged in a fire.

After a “rigorous” testing period, the firm said all lines at the East London plant were now processing waste and producing refuse-derived fuel.

The site will re-start production of solid recovered fuel once the refinement section of the facility becomes operational early next year.

The fire on 4 August 2014 damaged a line at the Rainham site (pictured), which serves councils of the East London Waste Authority (ELWA) as part of a PFI project jointly funded by Shanks and the John Laing Environmental Assets Group.

Since the fire, Shanks has diverted all contracted waste from ELWA to the project’s other MBT facility at Jenkins Lane.

Peter Eglinton Shanks

Shanks municipal division managing director Peter Eglinton (left) said he was pleased the company continued accepting waste while the line was out of action.

“The hard work, expertise and sheer determination of our ELWA team has made this possible,” he said. “We now look forward to continuing excellent service levels to our customer and to the refinement section becoming operational in early 2016.”

The company’s financial report in May said the fire, which caused no injuries, had had no material impact on the group’s performance.

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