23 October 2019 by Lucy Pegg

FCC proposes Allington EfW upgrade

FCC Environment has launched a consultation on proposals to increase the capacity of its Allington energy from waste facility in Kent by 350,000 tonnes a year.

FCC Environment is proposing to expand the capacity of the Allington EfW by 350,000 tonnes per year

The waste management company said it plans to add an extra waste treatment line to the Allington Integrated Waste Management Facility at the 20/20 Business Park near Maidstone.

The plant which is run by the FCC subsidiary, Kent Enviropower has three existing waste processing lines which currently handle up to 500,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste per year.

Associated infrastructure would also be built for the new line, which would have a gross generation capacity of up to 30 MW. These proposals would give the EfW – which would run as a single generating facility – an energy generation capacity of more than 50 MW.

Capacity

If the expansion goes ahead, the plant would have an annual capacity of 850,000 tonnes, making it one of the largest in the country.

Gillian Sinclair, head of development at FCC, said: “We’re proud of the work we currently do at the existing Allington Integrated Waste Management Facility.

“Extending the plant will allow us to meet a national need for low carbon energy, as well as diverting approximately a further 350,000 tonnes of waste away from landfill or export every year.”

An FCC spokesperson said that recent studies indicate that there may be a requirement for as much as 4.7 million tonnes of new residual waste treatment capacity in the South East and London by 2025. The company plans for the Allington extension to help meet this demand and expects to take waste from a variety of sources.

The three current lines at Allington use circulating fluidised bed technology to burn the waste, which then generates usable energy.

“Extending the plant will allow us to meet a national need for low carbon energy, as well as diverting approximately a further 350,000 tonnes of waste away from landfill or export every year.”

Gillian Sinclair, FCC Environment

However, the proposed line would use the more common moving grate technology.

Timeline

FCC’s proposals for the EfW extension will be on display at a series of consultation events in the local area between 24 October and 28 November. These exhibitions are part of a public consultation on the plans.

Commenting on the consultations, Ms Sinclair added: “We’re consulting at an early stage in scheme development because we want to gain valuable feedback which will help us prepare the design of our plans.

“We encourage as many people as possible to attend one of our upcoming public exhibitions to learn more about the scheme and share their views.”

Due to the combined size of the current and proposed facilities at Allington, the project is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). This means FCC must submit a Development Consent Order (DCO), rather than following local authority planning application processes.

A spokesperson for FCC told letsrecycle.com that it is expected that a DCO would be submitted in late 2020. Before then non-statutory and later statutory consultations will be carried out.

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