Suez has applied to the Environment Agency to increase the permitted annual tonnage of its Severnside Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in South Gloucestershire by 100,000 tonnes.
The permit variation application for the plant, which currently has a 400,000 tonnes per year limit, was submitted in October 2019 and put out for consultation by the Environment Agency on Friday, January 10.
The non-technical summary of the application says that the proposed increase in capacity is to allow for “moisture losses and some of the incoming waste being rejected as unsuitable for incineration”.
Suez began operating the Severnside facility in Hallen, South Gloucestershire, in 2016, after a three-year construction and commissioning programme (see letsrecycle.com story).
The project, delivered in partnership with Aberdeen Asset Management and the ITOCHU Corporation, is part of a £760 million 25-year contract to recover energy from west London’s residual waste, in a deal signed with the West London Waste Authority in 2013.
The plant treats residual municipal waste from the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames.
In a statement given to letsrecycle.com, a spokesperson for SUEZ said: “We’re now entering our fourth year of operations at the Severnside energy recovery centre and the facility has been performing well.
“We’ve identified that we could accept more waste, allowing us to use the facility to its full potential and so we have applied to vary the permitted capacity. If approved this would offer opportunities to West London Waste Authority to treat more of West London’s residual waste through the facility and also provide some additional capacity for waste from the local area.”
The consultation, which runs until 7 February, can be seen in full here.
The Agency said it can take account of factors such as the impact of noise and odour from traffic on site, the shape and use of the land around the site and whether the right process is being used for the activity.
It cannot consider whether the activity should be allowed as a matter of principle or the impact of noise and odour from traffic travelling to and from the site