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FCC Environment hosts new Buckinghamshire EfW facility preview

29 Sep 2015 16:15

FCC Environment, one of the UK’s leading waste and resource management companies and Buckinghamshire County Council opened Greatmoor energy from waste (EfW) facility near Aylesbury to the press today (29 September), showcasing the development and explaining the benefits it will deliver.

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 will be fully operational in Spring 2016 and will employ 46 full time, permanent operatives generating up to £2.3m for the local Aylesbury Vale economy per year.

Richard Belfield, FCC Environment Group Development Director, said: “Greatmoor EfW will convert Buckinghamshire’s household and business waste that cannot otherwise be recycled into renewable energy and reduce the county’s dependence on unsustainable and expensive 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 – this is equivalent to the energy required to power up to 36,000 homes.

“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.”

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.

Key facts

Greatmoor EfW will:

  • Be fully operational in spring 2016

  • Reduce the level of waste traffic that previously travelled through villages including Edgcott, Grendon Underwood and  Calvert thanks to the construction of a new access road

  • Complement residents and businesses continued recycling and help divert waste from unsustainable landfill

    • EfW is a modern, safe way to treat and dispose of waste left over after recycling

  • Minimise waste vehicle movements by using waste from the south of the County, that has been bulked at transfer stations before being transported to the EfW plant

    • High Heavens transfer station is scheduled to open in October 2015

    • The planning application for Amersham transfer station has been sent to the Secretary of State for consideration and subject to a legal agreement will then be passed to the Council to grant consent

  • Treat up to 300,000 tonnes of residual waste per year

  • Generate 22MW of electricity: equivalent to the energy required to power 36,000 homes (the total population of Aylesbury and Buckingham combined)

  • Divert substantial amounts of waste from landfill

  • Save council tax payers more than £150 million over the life of the contract (30 years)

  • Generate up to £2.3 million for the local Aylesbury Vale economy per year

  • Generate approximately £3.1 million of economic benefit per year at County level.

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