Minister visits Cory Riverside EfW  

The minister for business, energy and corporate responsibility, Lord Callanan, visited Cory’s operational Energy from Waste facility (EfW) in Belvedere last week (3 August), to see how the plant’s heat network will operate. 

Lord Callanan (second from the right) was shown around the plant by Cory and Vattenfall

The visit came as Lord Callanan toured projects awarded funding from the government’s Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP).

Cory was awarded £12 million from the HNIP in April for its new heat network, to be developed at its Riverside facility in Belvedere.

Cory partnered with Swedish energy company Vattenfall in 2020 to capture heat from its portfolio of EfW plants in the UK (see letsrecycle.com story).

Visiting the epicenter of the heat network, Vattenfall and Cory “put the wider vision for the heat network into perspective” for Lord Callanan.

‘Cutting edge’

Lord Callanan, parliamentary under secretary of state for business, energy and corporate responsibility said: “Heating our homes and workplaces is one of the UK’s main sources of carbon emissions. Establishing one of the country’s largest heat networks shows how these cutting-edge low-carbon technologies are vital in allowing us to meet our bold climate change commitments, making our towns and cities cleaner places to live and work.

“Thanks to Cory Riverside and Vattenfall working together, and backed by more than £12 million of government funding, as many as 21,000 households are going to feel the direct benefits as we build back greener from the pandemic.”

Heat network

Vattenfall will develop Cory’s heat network to supply low carbon heating locally. They were awarded £1.6 million commercialisation grant and £10.5 million construction loan, delivered by Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management

Cory’s existing Riverside EfW facility will provide heat for up to 10,500 homes in Bexley in the first phase of the proposed heat network.

A second EfW facility. adjacent to the existing one and part of Cory’s Riverside Energy Park which received planning permission from the Government in April 2020, will supply an additional 10,500 homes.

‘Major step’

Dougie Sutherland, chief executive of Cory, said: “We are very pleased that Lord Callanan and the UK Government are supporting the development of one of the UK’s largest heat networks powered by spare heat from Cory’s EfW facility. This is a major step towards net zero, providing low-carbon heat for thousands of homes and businesses in Bexley and its surrounding boroughs.”

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