Isle of Wight council has insisted that plans to develop a 40,000 tonnes-per-year waste gasification plant will not be scrapped – despite sub-contractor Energos entering administration this month.
The local authority announced Amey would deliver the energy from waste facility in 2015, under its newly-awarded waste collection and treatment contract which will span 25 years.
The proposal would see the reconstruction of an existing waste management site at Forest Park in Newport, allowing residents’ waste and recyclables to be treated without it being sent to the mainland.
The site, which would also include a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility, was awarded planning permission in March 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by summer 2018.
A spokeswoman for the council said: “The Isle of Wight council’s waste management contract requires its partner Amey to deliver a number of activities. To do this, Amey is to deliver a range of new facilities on the Island and is managing the design and construction elements of these facilities through a number of sub-contractors, including Energos.
“The council understands the impact of this announcement affects only the thermal treatment part of the overall Forest Park site development programme and the council is working with Amey to identify how it proposes to deliver its contractual requirements.”
Amey had appointed Energos to oversee installation of the thermal gasification technology at the site – which had also been sub-contracted by the waste firm to deliver a similar facility in Wolverton on behalf of Milton Keynes council.
Energos had prior experience on the island, having previously been involved in the running of a 30,000 tonnes-per-year capacity EfW facility via its subsidiary Waste Gas Technology at the Forest Park site.
However, the plant was closed twice over emissions breaches in 2010, leading to the council’s decision to reduce its dependence on the facility (see letsrecycle.com story).
While the current Forest Park site is being redeveloped, the council is diverting residual waste to the transfer station at Lynnbottom household waste recycling centre, where it is bulked and transferred to an adjacent landfill.
Commenting at the time of Energos entering administration, a spokeswoman for Amey said the company was “are of the situation” and had “put steps in place” to ensure the Milton Keynes and Isle of Wight plants would be delivered as planned.
Another EfW site which has been hit by the development is Resource Recovery Solutions’ (RRS) Derby gasification facility – a joint venture between Shanks and construction contractor Interserve.
Located on Sinfin Lane, the £145 million plant is the result of a PPP funding arrangement between the joint venture and Derby city and Derbyshire county council and is expected to handle 190,000 tonnes of waste per year. Energos was brought on board to supply the thermal technology in 2013.
An RRS spokeswoman said: “We are working with all parties to assess the situation and are implementing our contingency plans. We remain fully committed to the completion of the facility and are working hard to ensure that it opens as planned in spring 2017.”