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Buckinghamshire’s new EfW facility officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester

31 Oct 2016 11:50

The Greatmoor Energy from Waste (EfW) facility near Aylesbury was officially opened yesterday (27th October) by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

Buckinghamshire County Council, together with leading waste and resource management company FCC Environment who operate the plant on their behalf, opened the doors of the plant to showcase the development and explain the benefits it will deliver to the county and the community.

Construction of the new EfW facility, designed and built by Hitachi Zosen INOVA (HZI) and funded through an innovative use of construction-only finance and prudential borrowing began in September 2013. The site is fully operational  employing 46 full time, permanent operatives.

The Council's Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment Warren Whyte said: "It's an honour to welcome the Duke of Gloucester to Buckinghamshire to formally open the Greatmoor Energy from Waste plant. The Duke's visit really does emphasise the great importance of this project to our county, both environmentally and financially - not only does Greatmoor generate renewable energy from the county's waste, but it also stands to save local taxpayers £150 million over the lifetime of the contract."

Paul Taylor, FCC Environment Chief Executive, said: “Greatmoor EfW will convert Buckinghamshire’s household and business waste, the material that cannot otherwise be recycled, into renewable energy. This will reduce the county’s dependence on landfill disposal.  The contract will run for 30 years bringing significant sustainability and economic benefits to Buckinghamshire.”

The new facility will treat up to 300,000 tonnes of residual waste each year and will generate 22MW of electricity – the equivalent to the electricity needs required to power up to 36,000 homes.  The facility will be the primary disposal point for all of Buckinghamshire’s local authority waste.  Aylesbury Vale District Council and some of the County’s Household Recycling Centres will deliver waste directly to the facility, with the three southern districts councils (South Bucks, Chiltern and Wycombe) and the rest of the Recycling Centres using a Waste Transfer Station at High Heavens near High Wycombe.  The Waste Transfer Station, which has also been constructed as part of the contract between FCC and Buckinghamshire County Council, is used to bulk waste into articulated lorries for onward transport to the EfW facility.  

“The construction of Greatmoor EfW marks an important step forward for FCC Environment as the business continues to develop, focusing on its customers’ requirements for extracting value, in the form of energy, from the waste left over after recycling has taken place. Greatmoor EfW represents an integrated service that the county can be proud of” continued Mr Taylor.

Buckinghamshire County Council named FCC Environment as its preferred bidder for the residual waste treatment contract in 2011, and in 2012 the Development Control Committee granted the Greatmoor project planning permission and the Environment Agency issued the facility with its permit to operate. Buckinghamshire County Council’s cabinet awarded the 30 year contract on 23 July 2012.

FCC Environment and Buckinghamshire County Council succesfully concluded contract negotiations in April 2013.

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