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Eye-catching facilities and developments

The north-east of England boasts a series of innovative and well-established schemes in the waste sector. Here is a selection.

1. Northumberland Waste PFI

Northumberland County Council partnership with Suez to collect and process household waste; around 90,000 tonnes of residual waste a year sent to Suez’s Haverton incinerator; cost estimated at £699m.

2. Lynemouth Power Station

Conversion of power station to biomass, under construction; c£122m value; 1,400,000 tonnes annual capacity.

3. JBT

Taken over by Germany’s Remondis Waste Solutions in November last year; it was included in a list of the ‘Fastest 50’ companies in waste sector, produced by Catalyst Corporate Finance; processes more than 220,000 tonnes of waste a year and employs 150 staff.

4. Estover Energy

Construction of a 78MW biomass energy facil­ity in Cramlington, Northumberland; Green Investment Group and John Laing Group com­mitted £48m to £138m facility; it will generate 213GWh of renewable electricity a year.

5. Newcastle Waste Commission

Set up by Newcastle City Council to drive recy­cling and waste minimisation.

6. O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions

Biffa bought O’Brien WRS in July for £36m, billed as largest takeover in the north-east; O’Brien WRS has 190 employees and generates an annual revenue of £34.4m.

7. South Tyne & Wear Waste Management Part­nership

PFI contract between Gateshead Council, South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council with Suez; started in April 2014 and PFI pay­ments will run until 2038-39 at an estimated cost of £706.1m.

8. Max Recycle

Has been involved in a legal challenge against councils’ ability to be VAT-exempt from trade waste collections; it runs services across the north-east, Cumbria, southern Lakeland and Scotland.

9. Haverton EfW

Suez’s incinerator produces 29.2MW of electric­ity; takes in around 390,000 tonnes of waste a year from Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Mid­dlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, North Tyne­side and Northumberland.

10. Tees Valley

A major resources management hub, including:

a) Able UK’s Seaton Port

b) the former SSI steelworks in Redcar, which is subject to a major regeneration scheme

c) Wilton International, a 2,000-acre site which is home to, among others:

  • Construction of the Wilton 11 Suez/Semb­corp incinerator, which will take in 440,000 tonnes of waste a year.
  • Sembcorp Utilities UK.
  • Biffa Polymers, which spent £6.5m last year doubling its rHDPE line’s recycling output.
  • N+P, an international RDF and SRF firm that is expanding in the UK.

11. Hadfield Group

Has been manufacturing woodchip biomass for industrial boilers for almost a decade; has a con­tract to supply fuel for the UK’s first wood-de­rived biomass boiler: Sembcorp’s Wilton 10 at Wilton International.

12. Marmax Recycled Products

An award-winning company; all products made from 100% UK recycled plastic, including out­door furniture, play equipment, fencing and boardwalk.

13. Emerald Biogas

Described as the region’s first commercial food waste anaerobic digestion facility; the £8m plant takes in leftover and unsold products gen­erated by food manufacturers, retailers, schools and leisure outlets.

This list is compiled from a range of sources, with input from AcuComm

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N+P sees huge potential in the UK. As part of our long-term strategic plan, we are developing our infrastructure by building a Subcoal facility in the north-east. Subcoal is our patented pelletised high-grade solid recovered fuel produced from C&I waste streams.

The plant will take residual high calorific value materials such as mixed plastics that are going to landfill. The plant will be operational in Q2 2018, and we will divert over 200,000 tonnes from landfill to produce our subcoal product.

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Warren Freimanis is UK commercial manager at N+P Alternative Fuels

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