Mercia Waste Management has taken over operations of the EnviRecover energy from waste facility in Hartlebury near Kidderminster, which will treat waste on behalf of Worcestershire and Herefordshire councils.
The plant is fully operational having been completed by the contractor Hitachi Zosen Inova following a 33-month construction programme.
The first waste was delivered into the facility in October 2016 for commissioning.
Mercia’s sister company Severn Waste Services will operate the facility under its Environmental Permit issued by the Environment Agency.
Severn Waste Services and Mercia Waste Management are both jointly owned by FCC Environment and Urbaser Ltd.
Mercia Waste Management signed an initial 25-year contract with Worcestershire county council and Herefordshire council in December 1998 for the treatment of waste from the two local authorities.
The EnviRecover facility has the capacity to treat up to 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, and can produce 15.5 MW of electricity for export to the grid.
Plans for the facility have been in the pipeline for a number of years, with the company having initially submitted proposals for the plant in 2009.
The plant cost an estimated £165 million to develop, with the money provided by both of the local authorities.
Hitachi Zosen Inova grate technology has been installed for the combustion of waste, with the facility featuring a grate measuring 10.25 metres by 9.75 metres.
Commenting on the completion of the facility Councillor Harry Bramer, Herefordshire council’s cabinet member for contracts and assets, said: “With landfill capacity in short supply, I am pleased we have been able to deliver EnviRecover in partnership with Worcestershire county council. The fantastic new facility will accept and safely treat the region’s non-recyclable waste, and provide a valuable source of electricity for many years to come.”
Javier Peiro at Mercia Waste Management, added: “Delivering this type of infrastructure build on time, on budget and on spec is a rarity and we are rightly pleased with this outcome. EnviRecover completes our multi-layered recycling, resource and waste management operations and marks the end of the two counties’ reliance on landfill. It has been a great team effort by all concerned, from our staff and technical advisers, Council colleagues and our contractor HZI. “
Patrick Summermatter, project director at Hitachi Zosen Inova said: “The delivery of the EnviRecover project has been an extraordinary challenge to HZI and all those concerned with its delivery. HZI is very proud of the fact that the project has been delivered on time and to a high specification to Mercia Waste Management and the Councils. This achievement is a result of intensive cooperation between Mercia Waste Management, the Councils and HZI.”