UK advanced thermal conversion specialist Energos has been awarded a £65m contract to supply gasification technology for a £145 million integrated waste management centre in Derby.
The contract award by Interserve Construction Ltd follows the agreement of funding terms for the overall project by Resource Recovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Ltd (RRS), which is a joint venture between Shanks Group plc and Interserve Group plc. With funding in place, construction will now start on the 27 year PPP contract for Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils.
The Energos advanced conversion technology (ACT) forms an integral part of the Derby and Derbyshire New Waste Treatment Facility, which includes a new mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility.
The ACT will process up to 140,000 tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF) – produced by RRS from municipal residual, non hazardous waste. It will generate 11.05 MW of green electricity – sufficient to power 14,000 homes.
The entire facility is expected to divert up to 98% of residents’ residual waste from landfill and is expected to be completed by April 2017.
Approximately 250 people will be recruited to work on construction of the new development and a further 34 permanent positions created, making a significant contribution to the local economy
Energos was the first UK company to be awarded double Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and has a long track record of building and operating waste fuelled ACTS. It has delivered eight such facilities across Norway, Germany and the UK, accumulating more than 650,000 hours of operation over 15 years.
The company is currently constructing two ACTs in Glasgow and Milton Keynes and has a number of other projects which are at an advanced stage of development. Plans in the pipeline include three in-house build-own-operate projects at planning consented sites in Knowsley, Irvine and Lisburn.
Nick Dawber, managing director of Energos, said: “Recycling is the backbone of any waste management strategy and the Derbyshire ACT will only handle the leftover, residual waste that can not be recycled. This solution will responsibly deal with local waste, while providing economic certainty and savings for the Councils at a time of unprecedented budget cuts.”
The Energos gasification process is a proven, best practice green technology and a cleaner alternative to mass burn incineration.