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Amey plans £200m EfW plant

2000 amey waterbeach site aerial

Amey is proposing to develop a £200m energy-from-waste (EfW) facility at its 400-acre Waterbeach site in Cambridgeshire.

Waterbeach currently hosts a range of waste processes and technologies, including a MRF, composting, landfill and mechanical biological treatment (MBT).

Its proposed facility would complement these and would be used to create energy from household and commercial waste – either in the form of electricity, heat or both.

Environmental services managing director Rob Edmondson said: “Amey is strengthening its presence in this sector, and the proposed facility will signify continuing investment in waste treatment capability in Cambridgeshire.

“We expect the facility would handle around 230,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste a year, generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 45,000 homes. It would also create more than 300 jobs during construction and into operations.

“We’re currently discussing technology and design solutions with expert providers, prior to submitting a planning application later this year.”

2000 amey waterbeach

2000 amey waterbeach

The proposal is to develop the EfW plant on land next to the existing MBT hall. The land is already allocated as a suitable location for such development in Cambridgeshire County Council’s adopted Minerals and Waste Plan.

Ahead of submitting a planning application, Amey is holding public information sessions for local residents in September.

The company has waste facilities in Milton Keynes and North Yorkshire in commissioning and a further facility on the Isle of Wight under construction.

Meanwhile, the company has been tackling a fire bedded in 500 tonnes of waste at the site.

“The waste has been separated into smaller piles and has been dampened down,” Amey said in a statement.

”The waste will continue to burn on site for a couple of days in controlled conditions under site management supervision and will continue to be monitored.”

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