Encyclis reaches financial close on Walsall EfW

Encyclis, formerly Covanta, has reached financial close on its 425,000 tonnes per year capacity energy from waste (EfW) facility in Walsall, West Midlands. 

An artist's impression of the 425,000 tonne plant

Encyclis outlined that it will build, own and operate the start-of-the-art facility, the first site to be 100% owned by the company. Hitachi Zosen Inova will be the principal contractor, with construction of the facility to begin next month.

The facility was initially set up in partnership with BH EnergyGap and given an approximate operational date of 2026, though it is now solely owned by Encyclis.

Waste for the facility will be sourced from a “range of local and regional waste management companies,” the company said.

Encyclis outlined that it has formed a supply network with the waste management companies, who will get direct access to this “safe and efficient recovery outlet”.

“It also provides a replacement facility for the region’s ageing fleet of first-generation incinerators, which are due to be retired over the coming years,” the company added.


Andrew Howie, development director for Encyclis, said: “The development of Walsall demonstrates our sustained progress in executing on our full potential plan. It is a highly significant project in several ways.

“It will be the first of our facilities to be 100% owned and operated by Encyclis. To achieve that, we will be contracting directly with local and regional waste management companies to provide them and their ultimate local authority and business customers with a direct route into a long-term, sustainable waste treatment facility, diverting waste from landfill and exports. Today’s announcement confirms our commitment to support inward investment and create high skilled jobs in the regions.”

The project will see the regeneration of a disused industrial site in Fryers Road, Walsall.


The project will see the regeneration of a disused industrial site in Fryers Road, Walsall.

More than 300 workers will be employed during the construction period.

Once operational, the facility will create around 60 local, high-skilled jobs, Encyclis added.

Initial work to prepare the site for construction has been carried out by Wolverhampton-based groundworks specialist McAuliffe.


The site will be the seventh EfW facility for Encyclis in the UK and Ireland. Other sites under construction include the Earls Gate site in Scotland and the Protos site in Cheshire.

Facilities online it its postfolio include one in Dublin, the Leicestershire EfW in partnership with Biffa, and Rookery South, Bedfordshire.

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