3 April 2020 by Joshua Doherty

Uniper to enter UK EfW market

International energy company Uniper, formed in 2016 following a split from E.ON, will submit plans to Nottinghamshire county council this summer  for a 500,000 tonnes per year capacity energy from waste plant.    

Uniper EfW

Computer generated image of the 500,000 tonnes per year capacity plant

The facility will be based at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station, known as the East Midlands Energy Re-Generation (EMERGE) CentreUniper says it hopes to have the plant operational by 2025. 

Uniper added that the plant will generate up to 49.9MW of electricity, “helping the East Midlands region meet its landfill diversion targets”.  

In a statement given to letsrecycle.com, a spokesperson for the company said the waste will be sourced from the Nottinghamshire region and any waste transfer stations within a two hour drive.  

It is not possible to confirm exactly where future waste supplies will come from at this time, though it is expected that a significant amount of the waste will be sourced from Nottinghamshire and the surrounding counties of Derbyshire and Leicestershire.  

“Due to limited processing capacity within the UK, waste transfer stations within a two-hour drive of Ratcliffe-on-Soar will also be considered,” the Uniper spokesperson said.   

The facility will generate energy from non-hazardous domestic and commercial waste left over from the recycling process, Uniper says, while creating up to 600 temporary construction jobs and 45 permanent jobs on the site once operational. 

“It is expected that a significant amount of the waste will be sourced from Nottinghamshire and the surrounding counties”

Uniper spokesperson

Market 

The plant represents Uniper’s first movement into the UK EfW market. It currently specialises in consultancy services for UK biomass plants and runs coal and gas power plants.  

These include seven power plants in the UK, including six natural gas plants in Willesden, North Lincolshire, Kent, Enfield, Nottinghamshire and Flintshire.  

It also runs a coal powered plant in Ratcliffe.  

Alongside this, Uniper has facilities in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary and Russia. 

East Midlands 

Uniper’s move into the EfW market in the East Midlands also coincides with Biffa announcing in February it had reached financial close on its first EfW in Leicestershire (see letsrecycle.com story)  

Biffa says the Newhurst EfW facility is expected to cost £285-295 million to construct and will have the capacity to treat 350,000 tonnes of residual household and commercial waste a year. It will also produce 42 megawatts of electricity.

Uniper says it will be submitting a planning application supported by an Environmental Impact Assessment in Summer 2020 to Nottinghamshire county council.

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