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Viridor granted planning permission for Cardiff EfW

Viridor has been given the green light to build a 350,000 tonne per annum energy from waste (EfW) combined heat and power (CHP) facility on Trident Park in Cardiff Bay.

Cardiff Council gave the firm planning permission for the £203m plant, which will treat residual waste, while providing electricity and heat to the city.It was previously refused planning permission in July last year.

Viridor expects the facility will serve local businesses as well as the local authorities that make up the Prosiect Gwyrdd PFI project – Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, Monmounth, Newport and Caerphilly. However, this facility is completely separate from Viridor’s bid for Prosiect Gwyrdd.

The firm’s external affairs manager Dan Cooke said: “We listened long and hard to the views of local residents, local councillors and politicians and considered a range of views and issues raised in detail in relation to our proposals. This dialogue has been extremely useful and our intended community liaison group will allow us to continue our close contact as the project progresses.

“We are determined to ensure that local benefits are maximised in terms of jobs and related economic benefits. The project should provide an essential service.  It is designed to help meet challenging waste management targets and to help businesses and local authorities achieve greater resource efficiency in the Cardiff area.”

So far Viridor has received 20 expressions of interest from firms keen to benefit from the EfW facility, including the developers hoping to develop Roath Basin in Cardiff, Igloo Regeneration.

Additionally, CBI Wales is supporting the facility. Its regional director David Rosser commented: “I have spoken with many of my members who are very anxious to ensure that the service they currently have in place to dispose of their waste doesn’t diminish and even more importantly that costs don’t go up; something I feared was inevitable if a new waste solution was not sited in Cardiff. Basic business sense tells you that the further you transport your waste to be processed, the more expensive it will be.”

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