The 8,000 tonnes-per-year capacity clinical waste treatment plant in Malvern, Worcestershire, is to undergo commissioning following Covid-19-enforced construction delays.
Developed by Waste Energy Partners, the facility will be owned by Clinitek (Malvern) LLP.
Though commissioning was due to start last year, the plant is said to have experienced numerous issues throughout the pandemic. The small site made it difficult to enforce safe social distancing, while the project suffered several suspected Covid-19 cases amongst the site team and subcontractors, leading to the temporary suspension of works for self-isolation.
Waste to fuel specialist Andusia is to be the sole supplier to the Malvern plant, supplying 8,000 tonnes of hazardous and clinical waste per year (see letsrecycle.com story). Andusia Hazchem Treatment Ltd, the company’s hazardous waste treatment arm, will provide 40,000 tonnes of hazardous and clinical waste for the high temperature treatment facility over the course of its five-year deal.
In a statement published on 11 January, Andusia said: “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the construction teams the delays have now been resolved and a construction completion certificate has now been issued.
“The facility is now in commissioning, the final stage before takeover and becoming fully operational.”
Andusia also says the coronavirus and, to a lesser extent, Brexit had a huge impact on supply chains.
The company says the delivery of many key items of materials, plant and machinery was significantly delayed as manufacturing facilities effectively ceased production at the start of the pandemic.
When production restarted, the reduced capacity of transport and the impact on logistics led to further delays, Andusia says.
The plant is being built within the structure of the derelict Haylers End waste incinerator in the parish of Hanley Castle, which has been derelict since 1995. Steam created by the treatment process will be used to clean the waste bins and generate electricity.
Waste Energy Partners says around 13 permanent jobs will be created once the plant is operational.