16 October 2014 by Tom Goulding

News in brief

With news on; Colin Drummond to retire; Tamar to begin work on Bromley AD plant; Biffa to increase Newhurst EfW capacity; Hills and Chinook partner for SRF plant, and; Cranfield University to pilot Shanks AD line


Viridor’s Colin Drummond to retire

Viridor chairman Colin Drummond OBE is to retire from the waste management firm in the New Year, it was announced today (October 16).

Colin Drummond OBE is to retire from Viridor

Colin Drummond OBE is to retire from Viridor

Mr Drummond, who served as chief executive of Viridor for 20 years until September 2013, helped to build the foundations of the firm’s current strategy – developing its network of energy recovery plants and recycling services.

Mr Drummond said: “It has been a great privilege to chair Viridor and see the construction and commencement of operation of the first tranche of its network of energy recovery facilities. It is now time for a new chairman to lead the development of the next phase of Viridor’s strategy.”

Commenting on the departure, Viridor’s chief executive Ian McAulay, added: “Colin has now elected to dedicate his talents and energy to another transformative opportunity in his new role as chair of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

“I am sure I speak on behalf of all of our employees in wishing him similar successes to those he has enjoyed over the last twenty years at Viridor.”


Tamar to begin work on sixth AD plant

Tamar Energy is set to begin construction on its sixth anaerobic digestion in the London borough of Bromley.

The AD specialist received planning permission to modify the design of its 45,000 tonnes-per-year capacity AD facility last week (October 9), which will convert food waste into renewable energy and biofertiliser.

The Bromley facility is expected to be commissioned in late 2015, with operations commencing in early 2016. It is just one in a network of AD facilities the company aims to have constructed in the UK by 2020.

William Heller, Tamar Energy’s chief executive said: “We are very pleased that our request to modify the original design for the plant has been granted. The improved design provides greater operational efficiency and an enhanced digestate solution for the site, whilst having no visual or environmental impacts beyond the original scheme.

“The facility will address the ongoing need for local waste treatment while producing enough renewable energy for more than 4,000 UK homes – it’s a win-win situation.”

Tamar’s fourth plant in Halstead, Essex is in the final stages of commissioning and its fifth plant in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, is due to start taking in feedstock in spring 2015.


Biffa to increase Newhurst EfW capacity

Biffa has succeeded in its bid to increase the capacity of the long-awaited Newhurst Quarry energy-from-waste facility in Leicestershire, from 300,000 to 350,000 tonnes of residual waste per year.

Artist’s impression of Newhurst ERF facility

Artist’s impression of Newhurst ERF facility

The Shepshed-based plant, which was first proposed in 2009, was subject to a planning variation for efficiency improvements – which will see the facility generate 33MW of power, up from 21MW.

The £250 million project was previously dropped by Leicestershire county council and originally failed to win planning permission on two occasions before Secretary of State Eric Pickles green-lit the proposals in June 2012 (see letsrecycle.com story).

Wheelabrator Technologies, which is working with Biffa and Multifuel Energy Ltd to develop the facility, told letsrecycle.com a start date for construction and commissioning has yet to be confirmed.

Mike Thair, Biffa’s development director, said: “We‘re delighted with the decision that Leicestershire County Council has made today and we now look forward to moving into the next stage of the development with our partners Multifuel Energy Limited”.


Chinook partners with Hills for SRF plant

Hills Group has selected Chinook Sciences to help develop its proposed Northacre Renewable Energy facility in Wiltshire.

The plant, which would be based at the Northacre Industrial Park, which also houses Hills’ mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant, will process 160,000 tonnes of solid-recovered fuel and commercial and industrial waste derived from the local area.

In addition, the facility will generate around 22MW of power to fuel the facility, as well as the adjoining Northacre Resource Recovery Centre.

Hills also has plans to provide power for and potentially heat adjacent businesses on the industrial park, while surplus electricity will be exported to the National Grid. A planning application process is currently underway.

Mike Webster, director of NRE, said: “We are delighted to be working with Chinook on this proposed new facility. Over the past two years we have conducted an extensive search for the best environmental and renewable energy technology.”

Dr Rifat Chalabi, chairman and CEO of Chinook Sciences, added: “We are very pleased to be working with Hills, a long-established and highly regarded business with a successful track record of investing in leading-edge technology. Our End-Stage Recycling® technology complements Hills’ existing recycling operations, providing a best-in-class solution to generate renewable energy from Wiltshire’s waste.”


Cranfield University pilots Shanks AD line

Shanks Group has provided Cranfield University with a pilot anaerobic digestion line, which will treat food waste from the campus.

The line will treat food waste on the university campus

The line will treat food waste on the university campus

The waste management firm will work with Cranfield to process commercial and industrial waste and residential food waste through the line, allowing students to conduct research and understand the AD process.

The line will divert up to 10 tonnes of food waste from landfill, and produce to up eight tonnes of fertiliser each year.

Peter Eglinton, UK managing director at Shanks said: “By supplying this kit to Cranfield University, we are able to invest in learning and development in our industry, whilst obtaining research which will improve our ongoing operations and future tenders.

“I look forward to working with the university to review the progress of the line and seeing students learn how to make more from waste.”


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