The plant, the Greatmoor EfW facility near Aylesbury, was opened to the media yesterday (14 July) to showcase the development of the plant and the waste management treatment provision that it offers.
Greatmoor has been designed and built by Hitachi Zosen INOVA (HZI) with work on site starting in September 2013. The development has been funded through “an innovative use of construction-only finance and prudential borrowing”, according to FCC.
The plant will employ 46 full time, permanent operatives and is estimated to generate up to £2.3m for the local Aylesbury Vale economy per year, the company added.
FCC Environment was awarded a 30-year residual waste contract in 2012, which was signed in April 2013, and the contract was said described as saving the county £150 million over the 30 year period, largely by switching from landfill to EfW for the waste.
Speaking yesterday, Buckinghamshire’s cabinet member for planning & environment, Warren Whyte said: “I am delighted to be here today to mark this major milestone in the commissioning of a facility that will see the way we dispose of waste in Buckinghamshire change for the better. Our residents already work hard to reduce waste and recycle what they can but this plant will allow us to harness green energy from what is left.”
Paul Taylor, FCC Environment Chief Executive, said: “Greatmoor EfW will convert Buckinghamshire’s household and business waste, the material that cannot otherwise be recycled, into renewable energy. This will reduce the county’s dependence on landfill disposal.
“The new facility will treat up to 300,000 tonnes of residual waste each year and will generate 22MW of electricity – this is equivalent to the electricity needs required to power up to 36,000 homes.”
Explaining the role of Greatmoor, FCC Environment said that facility will be the primary disposal point for all of Buckinghamshire’s local authority waste. Aylesbury Vale District Council and some of the county’s Household Waste Centres will deliver waste directly to the facility, with the three southern districts councils (South Bucks, Chiltern and Wycombe) and the rest of the HWRCs using a Waste Transfer Station at High Heavens near Wycombe. The waste transfer station, which has also been built as part of the contract between FCC and Buckinghamshire, is used to bulk waste into articulated lorries for onward transport to the EfW facility.
Mr Taylor added: “The construction of Greatmoor EfW marks an important step forward for FCC Environment as the business continues to develop, focusing on its customers’ requirements for extracting value, in the form of energy, from the waste left over after recycling has taken place. Greatmoor EfW represents an integrated service that the county can be proud of.”
Buckinghamshire county council named FCC Environment as its preferred bidder for the residual waste treatment contract in 2011, and in 2012 the Development Control Committee granted the Greatmoor project planning permission and the Environment Agency issued the facility with its permit to operate. Buckinghamshire county council’s cabinet awarded the 30-year contract on 23 July 2012.
FCC Environment and Buckinghamshire County Council succesfully concluded contract negotiations in April 2013.