2 January 2020 by Joshua Doherty

News in brief (02/01/2020)

With news on: Parc Adfer begins commercial operation; Wiser Recycling applies to vary licence; Viridor assumes control of Beddington ERF; Peel Environmental to fund DMG plant

Parc Adfer begins commercial operations

North Wales-based Energy from Waste plant Parc Adfer began full commercial operations on 20 December, following a commissioning phase throughout 2019.

The plant, pictured during construction, began full commercial operations on 20 December

The plant, located at Deeside and operated by Wheelabrator Technologies, will process up to 200,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste and is capable of generating 19 megawatts gross/17 megawatts net of electricity.

Speaking in December, Bill Roberts, chief operating officer of Wheelabrator UK, said: “Friday marked a milestone for Wheelabrator Technologies and the team at Wheelabrator Parc Adfer; achieving commercial operations on site is a major success for everyone involved.

“Wheelabrator Parc Adfer will play an important role in securing future baseload electricity supply, reducing carbon emissions and improving sustainable waste management for the local area in North Wales.”

Appointed to serve the five local authorities which make up the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Partnership in 2014, Wheelabrator are to operate the facility for a 25-year period in a public-private partnership (PPP) with support from the Welsh Government.

Wiser Recycling applies to vary licence

WEEE recycler Wiser Recycling Limited has applied to incorporate a storage warehouse and to continue to discharge process air to atmosphere at its treatment plant near Huddersfield.

The site has operated since 2011, but the company says that changes to legislation regarding point source emissions from WEEE treatment facilities in July 2019 meant its existing permit was no longer applicable.

The non-technical summary of Wiser Recycling’s application reads: “The application seeks to vary the existing Standard Rules Permit for WEEE Treatment due to a change in legislation that will enable the site to continue to treat gas discharge lamps with a proprietary treatment plant that cleans and discharges process air to atmosphere.

“There are no actual changes or alterations to the processes or activities on site. All activities will remain the same.”

Wiser Recycling has also applied to extend its permit boundary to incorporate a storage warehouse, which it says, while not intended to alter any aspect of the existing site activities, will provide the business with flexibility in case of any future volume increase at the site.

Viridor assumes control of Beddington ERF

Viridor’s operations division has assumed control of the energy recovery facility (ERF) in Beddington, South London, from CNIM, the contractor tasked with building the plant.

Viridor’s operations division has assumed control of the Beddington plant

CNIM has managed everything from design to plant commissioning.

A Viridor spokesperson said: “As part of the usual transition process for a Viridor ERF, the company’s operations division has now assumed control of the plant.”

Though CNIM says Viridor assumed control in July the transferral was only formally announced by the contractor last month.

The original deadline for the plant to be operational was the end of 2018, and it has been processing waste since the autumn of that year.

Features of the plant include two incineration lines with an annual processing capacity of 275,000 tonnes of domestic waste, a combustion system with a Martin grate and dual vertical flows and a Siemens turbogenerator designed to produce up to 210 GWh of electricity.

The Viridor spokesperson added: “Wider environmental benefits will include landfill diversion and the generation of up to 210GWh of electricity – the equivalent of 57,408 homes – which will power the facility itself and supply 22MW to the National Grid.”

Peel Environmental to fund DMG plant

Waste infrastructure company Peel L&P Environmental has agreed to fund the distributed modular generation (DMG) plant at Protos Energy Park, near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, to its financial close.

The Protos Energy Park, near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire

The waste plastic to hydrogen plant will be capable of handling up to 175,000 tonnes of plastics per year and will use DMG technology, designed by PowerHouse Energy (PHE), to generate renewable gas.

David Ryan, CEO of PHE, said: “This agreement represents the completion of the preliminary engineering stage and I am most encouraged that the PHE team have achieved a major uplift in the performance of the DMG process, including almost doubling the hydrogen output to two tonnes, significantly enhancing our partners’ commercial drivers.

“The commitment demonstrates significant commercial confidence from Peel L&P Environmental to the immediate and long-term deployment of the process in the UK.”

The facility will use a thermal treatment gasification process where waste derived fuel is heated in a controlled environment to produce combustible synthetic gas.

Gas formed will then be used in the transport sector, generating enough fuel to power up to 1,000 low carbon HGVs and buses every year, according to Progressive Energy (See letsrecycle.com story).


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