23 May 2016 by Tom Goulding

Covanta ‘holds interest’ as Peel revises EfW project

Work on Peel Environmental’s Protos recovery project – formerly Ince park – is continuing with revised plans drawn up for an energy from waste plant on the site, which is east of Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

And, American firm Covanta is also understood to have renewed its interest in delivering the plant, with Peel looking to sign a ‘renewed partnership’ agreement with the waste firm.

Artist's impression of the Protos site, which could still contain Peel and Covanta's flagship EfW

Artist’s impression of the Protos site, which is expected to contain Peel and Covanta’s flagship EfW project

This is the second time this month that Covanta has agreed to work on an energy from waste project in England with a partner – the other development was with Veolia, at Rookery Pit, Bedfordshire (see letsrecycle.com story).

Peel’s plans for the 126-acre Protos site now hinge on a smaller 350,000 tonnes-per-year EfW facility which will source municipal and commercial refuse from the surrounding area.

The plant would be capable of generating 35MW for the National Grid, while creating around 40 permanent jobs.

Plans for the £500 million eco-park have undergone a number of revisions since planning consent was first granted to Peel in 2009 – and the business had originally hoped to build a 95MW plant on the site.

Other facilities currently under development on the site include a £100 million waste wood biomass plant from CoGen Ltd, which is leasing the land from Peel (see letsrecycle.com story).

The park also includes the 19-turbine, 50MW Frodsham wind farm, which has also begun construction alongside the biomass plant and an access road to the site.

And, the site recently became part of the new Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone, which according to Peel will offer incentives such as business rates support and enhanced capital allowances to encourage further investment.

2017

Peel will now submit an application for the latest iteration of its EfW facility to the council, with a view to begin construction in 2017.

Jane Gaston, Protos development director at Peel Environmental, and who was formerly a bid director with Shanks, said: “This is a real landmark moment for Protos.

“Our vision for Protos – to create a regional energy hub with international clout –  is fast becoming a reality. In addition to £170 million announced at our start on site, this deal represents further significant investment into the northern economy.”

She added: “Protos will become an energetic environment where innovative businesses can sit alongside renowned research facilities and industry. Having this energy facility, and the biomass facility under construction, as anchor developments is a real boost for this approach.”

Covanta

Meanwhile, Covanta, which looked to pull out of the UK market in 2014 following its failure to secure the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority contract, ‘continues to hold interest’ according to Peel.


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