Waste-to-Energy Plants in the UK
Allington Quarry
Location: Kent
Operator: FCC Environment
Configuration: 1 X 51 MW
Operation: 2007
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Lurgi
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Lurgi, Hochtief
Quick Facts: This was the largest single-unit WTE plant in the UK at completion. Throughput is 500,000 tpy of municipal refuse and the facility can also supply up to 65,000 tpy of sorted materials for recycling. In 2000, Kent County Council granted planning permission for the project, which is sited in an abandoned ragstone quarry, and the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control permit from the Environment Agency was granted in 2002. Development company Kent Enviropower worked with turnkey project contractor and CFB boiler supplier Lurgi, plus Fortum, the O&M contractor, and the Royal Bank of Scotland, which helped to raise over £150mn in funding.

Photograph courtesy of Kent Enviropower
Posted 10 Jan 2007

Bolton
Location: Lancashire
Operator: Greater Manchester Waste Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 10 MW
Operation: 2000
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Volund
T/G supplier: Ansaldo
Quick Facts: The plant was converted from a mass-burn incinerator to a WTE plant in 2000. The capacity of the plant is about 120,000 tons MSW/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Greater Manchester Waste Ltd
Posted 16 Aug 2003

Chineham
Location: Hampshire
Operator: Veolia ES Hampshire Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 8 MW
Operation: 2003
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: CNIM
T/G supplier: ??
Quick Facts: Plant capacity is about 90,000 tons MSW/yr. This is the first of three WTE plants developed as part of the Hampshire Waste Strategy known as ‘Project Integra’. This is a partnership between Hampshire County Council, the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, 11 District Councils, and Hampshire Waste Services, part of Veolia Environmental.

Photograph courtesy of Veolia Environmental Services plc
Posted 24 Nov 2004

Coventry
Location: Warwickshire
Operator: Coventry & Solihull Waste Disposal
Configuration: 1 X 12.9 MW, 1 X 4.5 MW
Operation: 1992-2000
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Martin
T/G supplier: GEC
Quick Facts: This is a two-line plant with a capacity of about 250,000 tons MSW/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Coventry & Solihull Waste Disposal
Posted 30 Oct 2004

Dudley
Location: Staffordshire
Operator: Dudley Waste Services Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 7.4 MW
Operation: 1998
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: CNIM
T/G supplier: ??
Quick Facts: CNIM and Martin Engineering Systems won the build/own/operate contract for this facility in 1994 and formed the project company. Dudley Waste Services is jointly owned by CNIM (39%) and two private investors, Innisfree and CIBC. The plant has a capacity of about 90,000 tpy of MSW.

Photograph courtesy of PPP Forum Ltd
Posted 4 Nov 2004

Eastcroft
Location: Nottinghamshire
Operator: FCC Environment
Configuration: steam only
Operation: 1973
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: ??
Quick Facts: The National Coal Board developed the first version of the Eastcroft EFW from an old CHP coal-fired plant built by Boots. The incinerator went into operation in 1973. Nottingham signed a MSW contract with FCC unit WRG, who acquired the incinerator in 1992. Throughput is about 150,000 tpy of MSW. Steam is supplied via a 1.5km steam pipe to a turbine installed at the Enviroenergy London Road Energy Centre, center of Nottinghams DHS system.

Photograph courtesy of Grupo FCC
Posted 18 Jan 2014

Grimsby
Location: Lincolnshire
Operator: NewLincs Development Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 3.45 MW CHP
Operation: 2004
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Bouillet
T/G supplier: Peter Brotherhood
EPC: Earth Tech
Quick Facts: In Dec 1999, Tiru won a 25yr disposal and recycling contract from the North East Lincolnshire Council. Planning permission for a new WTE plant was granted in Jan 2001 and construction started in Feb 2002. Up to 56,000 tpy of MSW is burned in a single incineration line with a Cyclergie oscillating kiln. All heat and electricity is sold to an adjacent industrial estate. Grimsby has a dry FGD system.

Photograph courtesy of Groupe Tiru
Posted 7 Apr 2007

Lerwick
Location: Shetland Islands
Operator: Shetland Heat Energy and Power Ltd
Configuration: 7 MWt (heat only)
Operation: 1999
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: ??
EPC: Bruun & Sørensen Energiteknik AS
Quick Facts: Project development by the Shetland Island Council started in 1993. The plant cost £10mn. MSW throughput is about 22,000 tpy and heat is supplied to around 1,100 homes and businesses. The plant DCS was changed out in 2010.

Photograph courtesy of Shetland Islands Council
Posted 20 Mar 2011

Marchwood
Location: Hampshire
Operator: Veolia Environmental Services
Configuration: 1 X 14 MW
Operation: 2004
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: CNIM
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: CNIM
Quick Facts: This WTE plant has a unique exterior treatment consisting of a 36m high, 110m diameter hemispherical structure clad in aluminum. The two 65m chimneys rise from the center and the base has a skirt of windows. The plant has a capacity of about 165,000 tpy of MSW.

Photograph courtesy of Veolia Environmental Services
Posted 12 Feb 2006

Portsmouth
Location: Hampshire
Operator: Veolia Environmental Services
Configuration: 1 X 14 MW
Operation: 2005
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: CNIM
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: CNIM
Quick Facts: The Portsmouth ERF cost £50mn and has a capacity of about 165,000 tpy of MSW.

Photograph courtesy of Veolia Environmental Services
Posted 20 Feb 2006

Richmod Hill
Location: Isle of Man
Operator: SITA Waste (IOM) Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 6.7 MW
Operation: 2004
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: BBP
T/G supplier: B+V
EPC: Sita, Kvaerner
Quick Facts: This plant is owned by the Manx Department of Infrastructure and managed by SITA . It has two incinerators; the primary incinerator uses a water-cooled grate and a secondary incinerator can handle up to 5,000 tonnes of clinical, animal and oil waste. In combination, the facility processes all of the Island's residual domestic and commercial waste and produces approximately 7% of the Island's electricity.

Photograph courtesy of Sita
Posted 20 Mar 2013

Riverside
Location: Kent
Operator: Cory Environmental Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 80 MW
Operation: 2011
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Von Roll Inova
T/G supplier: Man, Brush
EPC: Von Roll INova, Costain
Quick Facts: In 2002, Cory was awarded a 30yr contract with the Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA) to handle over 500,000 tpy of MSW from four central London boroughs, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, plus the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Cory also holds contracts with the City of London and Westminster Council. The EPC contract to VRI was signed in Feb 2007 with Fichtner acting as owner's engineer. Main site construction began in Jul 2008 and the project was handed over in Oct 2011. Finance is by a term facility of up to £470m by the Bank of Ireland, Barclays Capital and Calyon as joint lead arrangers plus approximately £80mn of equity finance. Metso supplied its DNA automation system for the project, which is the largest, single-unit EFW block in the UK. Almost all the MSW is barge delivered in enclosed containers.

Photograph courtesy of Metso
Posted 26 May 2013

Runcorn
Location: Cheshire
Operator: Ineos Runcorn TPS Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 48 MW, 1 X 35 MW CHP
Operation: 2014
Fuel: RDF
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Seghers
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Seghers, John Sisk & Son
Quick Facts: This project was built by a JV of Viridor and INEOS ChlorVinyls with funding from a combination of public and private finance. The facility is operated by Viridorand has a design throughput of up to 850,000 tpy of EDF.  Heat supply is about 51 MW for exclusive use by INEOS The first block at Runcorn commissioned on 10 Mar 2014. The total project represents a £452mn investment. Photo is from Jun 2013.

Photograph courtesy of Viridor Ltd
Posted 15 Mar 2013

SELCHP
Location: Middlesex
Operator: Onyx Selchp
Configuration: 1 X 31 MW
Operation: 1994
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Steinmuller
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: Martin Engineering
Quick Facts: In 1988, the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark and Greenwich joined together develop this WTE plant. It has a capacity of about 420,000 tpy of MSW.

Photograph courtesy of Onyx Selchp
Posted 3 Nov 2004

Teeside WTE
Location: Durham
Operator: SITA UK
Configuration: 1 X 19.2 MW
Operation: 1998
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Volund
T/G supplier: Ansaldo
Quick facts: This plant is a joint venture between SITA UK and the four Teesside local authorities of Stockton, Middlesborough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Hartlepool. The plant has two furnace lines and a processing capacity of 250,000 tpy of MSW.

Photograph courtesy of Babcock & Wilcox Volund
Posted 30 Oct 2004

Thetford
Location: Norfolk
Operator: Fibrothetford Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 38.5 MW
Operation: 1998
Fuel: poultry litter
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: FW, Detroit Stoker
T/G supplier: Ansaldo
EPC: Taylor-Woodrow
Quick Facts: Thetford was the world's third poultry litter fired power station and burns over 400,000 tpy of poultry litter. At completion, the £70mn project was the largest yet built under NFFO.

Photograph courtesy of Fibrowatt Ltd
Posted 15 Mar 2001

Tyseley
Location: Warwickshire
Operator: Veolia Environmental Services
Configuration: 1 X 28 MW
Operation: 1996
Fuel: refuse
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Steinmuller
T/G supplier: ??
Quick Facts: The first waste incinerator at Tyseley went online in 1928 and a more modern facility was built in the 1970s. In 1994, a £95mn redevelopment of the site got underway including a new WTE plant. This was finished in Aug 1996 after 29mos of construction and shortly afterwards, the old plant was retired to comply with new EU air quality regulations. An award winning lighting system illuminates the plant at night. The two-stream incinerator has a combined capacity of over 350,000 tpy of MSW and a 15yr Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation (NFFO) contract. A separate clinical waste incinerator shares the gas cleaning equipment with the main plant.

Photograph courtesy of Veolia Environmental Services
Posted 20 Feb 2006

Westfield
Location: Fife
Operator: Energy Power Resources Ltd
Configuration: 1 X 11.8 MW
Operation: 2000
Fuel: poultry litter
Boiler/incinerator system supplier: Austrian Energy
T/G supplier: Austrian Energy
EPC: Abengoa
Quick facts: This £18mn facility was Scotland's first modern biofuels power plant. It has a BFB boiler and burns up to 110,000 tpy of chicken litter.

Photograph by Ingo Tschanun of AE Energietechnik
Posted 21 Oct 2001

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 16-Mar-2014

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