27 November 2017 by Elizabeth Slow

Cory unveils plans for second London EfW plant

Cory Riverside Energy has today revealed plans to build an integrated low-carbon energy park at its site in Belvedere, South East London. The project would mean the construction of a second large energy from waste facility on the south bank of the river Thames.

The energy park would be developed alongside Cory’s existing Riverside Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), and comprise a range of technologies including waste energy recovery, anaerobic digestion, solar panels, and battery storage.

An artist’s impression of the proposed Riverside Energy Park, alongside the existing Riverside Resource Recovery Facility

Riverside Energy Park, said the company, would enable the company to convert more of London’s residual black bin waste into green electricity, particularly during times of peak usage and produce cheap heat for export to nearby homes and businesses, the Cory reports.

In addition, it would continue to convert the residual ash that is left over at the end of the process into construction materials which could be used for building London’s homes and roads.


Cory has advised the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, which handles applications for this type of project, of its proposals.

Meanwhile, Cory will develop the scheme and consult with the local community and other organisations about the proposals before formally submitting an application to the Secretary of State for development consent.

The company expects to hold public exhibitions during the summer of 2018 and, before then, will work with key public bodies and local stakeholders to identify the main environment and planning considerations that will be addressed by the design of the Energy Park.


Construction is targeted to begin in 2021, and the Energy Park is expected to be fully operational by 2024. Cory has selected Hitachi Zosen Inova as its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, following its delivery of the existing Riverside ERF.

Cory forecasts that the Riverside Energy Park would generate up to 96MW of low carbon renewable electricity at peak times and divert a further 650,000 tonnes of residual waste away from landfill. One of the problems with its existing plant is the lack of a heat take off – talks with Thames Water over possibly powering a sewage works or desalination plant failed to make progress.

“The new energy park represents a huge step forward when it comes to meeting London’s waste management and energy generation needs.”

Nicholas Pollard
Cory Riverside Energy

Nicholas Pollard, chief executive of Cory Riverside Energy said: “The new energy park represents a huge step forward when it comes to meeting London’s waste management and energy generation needs. Our current Riverside Energy Recovery Facility has been reliably operating at capacity and within all air pollution limits since day one, so expanding our energy generating capabilities in a more ambitious integrated Energy Park is the natural next step.”

“London is facing a significant capacity gap in its ability to appropriately dispose of and treat all its waste. This new park is an important part of the solution.”


Cory’s Belvedere plant, which was opened in 2012, is one of the largest energy from waste plants in the UK, with the capacity to treat up to 750,000 tonnes of residual waste per year.

The ERF is fed by a river-based infrastructure along the River Thames, which uses tug boats and barges for delivering residual waste to the plant.

Cory currently works directly with seven London boroughs including Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Wandsworth, City of London, Tower Hamlets and Bexley. The company also holds a number of commercial and indust


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