Construction of the huge North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) began today with initial works on the facility taking place. The new plant will replace the decades-old 500,000 tonne energy-from-waste facility in Edmonton.
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has entered into a contract with Buckingham Group Contracting, which will prepare the site for construction of the new 700,000 tonne facility within the London borough of Enfield.
Plans for the new £500 million plant to incinerate waste and generate heat and electricity were given the go-ahead by the government in February 2017 (see letsrecycle.com story).
Some of the preparatory works taking place will include preparing a laydown area to support construction onsite and have been phased to allow the existing EfW facility to continue to operate.
The new ERF facility is expected to become operational in 2025 when the current facility, which was commissioned in 1971, reaches the end of its useful life, according to the NLWA.
Chair of NLWA, Cllr Clyde Loakes said: “This is a momentous time for North London Waste Authority. The project is pivotal for creating a more efficient solution to our waste that will better serve our residents. We are excited to start putting plans into action for a sustainable future of waste in north London.”
The new facility will also include a reuse and recycling centre open to the public and a recycling and fuel preparation facility as part of an ‘Eco-Park’.
The NLWA said it is continually committed to constructing the project “safely, on time and on budget while also considering the needs of the community”.
It has also set up a community liaison group to provide a regular forum for representatives of the community to meet the project team .
The NLWA is made up of seven boroughs in North London – Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest – which it estimates will generate around 850,000 tonnes of waste by 2025.