The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has agreed a contract with LondonEnergy which will see the company continue to manage the authority’s waste and operate the redeveloped Edmonton Park energy from waste facility.
LondonEnergy, which is owned by the authority, is currently contracted by the NLWA to operate the existing 5000,000 tonne facility at the Edmonton Eco Park, which the authority has been operational for almost 50 years.
As part of the Authority’s North London Heat and Power Project, a new facility will be installed there as the current one comes to the end of its operational life.
The replacement facility, which will treat the seven council’s waste, is expected to be operational by 2025 and will cost an estimated £450-500 million. It also has capacity to treat up to 700,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and convert it to 70 MegaWatts of electricity for the national grid.
Commenting on the announcement, councillor Clyde Loakes, chair of NLWA said he is pleased to be continuing the partnership’s work with LondonEnergy Ltd (LEL).
“Having already worked with LEL for a number of years, I am happy to announce NLWA will be continuing our relationship,” he explained.
Mr Loakes added: “The members have agreed LEL brings a wealth of knowledge from their experience operating in waste management that will ensure efficiency and functionality are at the forefront of the project. Together I am confident we can continue working on a sustainable waste disposal solution for north London residents.”
According to the authority, the replacement facility is expected to operate above current environmental standards for air pollution emissions.
It added that the Authority has phased the construction to ensure the current EfW facility can continue to operate while the replacement one is built.
“NLWA are committed to constructing this project safely, on time and on budget while also considering the needs of the local community. The first preparatory works to clear the site, improve access and develop a laydown area are expected to commence in early 2019,” the authority added.
The NLWA is made up of seven north London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest), with over 2 million residents generating approximately 850,000 tonnes of waste.