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 Update 10th Jan 2017: Dedicated Website Launch

The Greatmoor Energy from Waste Facility has launched a dedicated website which can be found at www.greatmoor.co.uk.

 Update 3rd Nov 2015: Steam Blow Public Statement

The Greatmoor Energy from Waste Facility is currently in the commissioning phase of the development. As part of the commissioning of the facility, it is necessary to commence a process called ‘steam blowing’ in the near future. The purpose of this activity is to clean the inside of the boiler tubes ahead of full operation of the plant for hot commissioning testing.

There will be two steam blows per day each with a duration of approximately 15 minutes. These will occur around 7am and 6pm. During this time, residents may hear a loud noise similar to rushing air. A silencer is fitted to minimise noise as far as possible. A plume of water vapour will be visible as the steam condenses in the cooler air external to the facility. The main output from the steam blowing process is water vapour with early steam blows having a reddish brown tint due to oxidisation. The Environment Agency are aware of this activity and the control measures put in place by FCC and our contractors HZI.

Steam blowing will occur until the boiler is sufficiently cleaned for commissioning to continue. This is likely to be between 10 and 20 days. Any concerns in relation to this process should be directed to 02032273436 or greatmoor@fccenvironment.co.uk. 

 

Aerial view of the site at Greatmoor

On Thursday 7 August, a new access road was opened from the A41 to our landfill site in Calvert and the adjacent Greatmoor Energy from Waste (EfW) facility which we are currently building.

Brackley Lane will be closed to heavy goods vehicles from Sunday 7 September which will divert HGVs currently accessing Calvert landfill and the Greatmoor EfW construction site from Brackley Lane. Landfill vehicles will need to use Brackley Lane until September as we require a further month to relocate the landfill offices.

Leading civil engineering company Jones Bros constructed the four and a half kilometre road along a former railway track, incorporating three road bridges which all required improvement works.


March 2016

  • Complete bulding services installation

  • Complete with west mound earthworks

  • Continue hot commissioning tests

  • Complete fencing and landscaping around site

  • Commence final construction works snagging


February 2016

  • Continue with building services installation

  • Continue with West mound earthworks

  • Continue hot commisioning tests

  • Lay tarmac wearing course

  • Continue fencing and landacaping around site


January 2016

  • Continue intitial waste operation

  • Continue hot commissioning of systems

  • Complete installation of HVAC system

  • Complete installation of fire system

  • Continue construction of West mound

  • Continue general landscaping works


December 2015

  •  Complete steam blowing operation
  • Initial waste operation

  • Complete louvres in building walls

  • Continue hot commisioning of systems

  • Complete installation of HVAC system

  • Complete installation of fire system

  • Continue construction of West mound

  • Continue general landscaping works


November 2015

  • Commence steam blowing operation

  • Complete lucres in building walls

  • Commence hot commisioning of systems

  • Continue drainage and external service installation works

  • Complete installation of HVAC system

  • Complete installation of fire system

  • Continue construction of West mound


October 2015

  • Energise main grid connection

  • Install louvers in building walls

  • Complete concreting inner site roads

  • Complete cold comissioning of systems

  • Complete hot comissioning of systems

  • Continue drainage and external service installation works

  • Complete installation of building services

  • Commence refractory drying and boiler boil out operation

  • Steam blowing operation


September 2015

  • Install HV switchgear for grid connection

  • Complete bolier sidewall cladding

  • Continue concreting inner site roads

  • Complete bottom ash processing area

  • Continue cold comissioning of systems

  • Continue drainage and external service installation works

  • Continue installation of building services

  • Complete installation of architectural feature steelwork

  • Refractory drying and boiler out operation


August 2015

  • Install HV switchgear for grid connection

  • Complete bolier hall roof cladding

  • Continue concreting inner site roads

  • Continue bottom ash processing area

  • Complete internal power and communication cable installation

  • Continue cold commissioning of systems

  • Continue drainage and external service installation works

  • Continue installation of glazing

  • Continue installation of building service

  • Complete installation of architectural steelwork


July 2015

  • Complete bolier hall roof cladding

  • Continue concreting inner site roads

  • Continue bottom ash processing area

  • Complete internal power and communication cable installation

  • Continue cold commissioning of systems

  • Continue drainage and external service installation works

  • Continue installation of glazing

  • Install fire tanks

  • Commence installation of architectural feature steelwork


June 2015

  • Complete boiler hall roof cladding

  • Continue concreting inner site roads

  • Commence bottom ash processing area

  • Continue internal power and communication cable installation

  • Continue cold commissioning of systems

  • Continue drainage and external service installation works

  • Continue installation of glazing

  • Continue installation of building services

  • Install fire tanks

  • Commence installation of architectural feature steelwork


May 2015

  • Complete boiler hall roof cladding

  • Continue concreting inner site roads

  • Continue west mound

  • Continue internal power and communication cable installation

  • Commence cold commissioning of systems

  • Continue drainage and external service installation works

  • Continue installation of glazing

  • Continue installation of building services


April 2015

  • HV cabling ongoing

  • Boiler roof cladding to commence and complete.

  • IBA conveyors completion

  • Admin building commence glazing

  • Complete grid connection cabling

  • Commence North West architectural mount

  • Commence control system installation

  • Continue admin building internal works

  • Completion of bolier hall roof

  • Completetion of external building cladding

  • Continuation of partition walling to admin building

  • Installation of cable trays, power and communication cables ongoing

  • Completetion of water steam cycle pipework

  • Completion of air cooled condenser and turbine exhaust ductwork

  • Installation of closed cooling water system

 


March 2015

  • Boiler pressure test complete

  • Water steam cycle pipework installation continuing

  • Air Cooled Condenser wind walls installation continuing

  • Tower Crane being dismantled

  • Substation to plant cabling being installed

  • Turbine alignment continuing

  • Cladding to main building continuing

  • Stack being installed towards the end of the month

  • Internal works to admin building continuing

  • Building steelwork over boiler area continuing


February 2015

  • Complete structural steel frame in FGT area

  • Align turbine and install couplings

  • Install temporary roof for boiler pressure test

  • Continue water steam cycle pipework and boiler tube welding

  • Continue fire boarding of admin building

  • Complete IBA conveyor frame

  • Install ACC heat exchanger bundles


January 2015

  • Continuation of boiler panel welding

  • Continue tipping hall steel installation

  • Continue bunker steel installation

  • Continuation water steam cycle pipework

  • Transformer installation

  • ACC construction


December 2014

  • Complete lifting of boiler panels and commence welding

  • Lift in boiler superheater bundles

  • Lift in boiler drum

  • Lift in emergency diesel generator

  • Continue tipping hall steel installation

  • Continue bunker steel installation

  • Pour admin building concrete floors

  • Pour turbine hall roof slab

  • Commencing water steam cycle pipework
     


November 2014

  • Continue steel structure of bunker

  • Complete boiler house steelwork

  • Lift in boiler convective pass walls

  • Lift in waste feed hopper

  • Continue ACC steelwork

  • Continue admin building steelwork

  • Continue turbine hall steelwork

  • Commence site substation construction work


August 2014

A41

  • Finalisation of works prior to new road opening

EfW

  • Continuation of foundation and concrete works on site

  • M&E pre-assembly activities

  • Commencement of boiler steel structure installation

  • Continuation of tipping hall backfill


July 2014

  • Completion of roundabout works on the A41

  • Completion of road carriageway construction

  • Installation of road signage

  • Continuation of foundation works on site

  • Slab construction

  • Continuation of tipping hall backfill

  • Commencement of parts deliveries


June 2014

  • Three way traffic light system to be implemented

  • Continued progress installing the road base course

  • Continuation of bunker slip form

  • Continuation of pile cap installation across site

  • Commencement of tipping hall backfill

  • Demarcation of laydown areas on site


May 2014               

  • Continued progress installing the road base course

  • Emergency stop bays construction

  • Commencement of slip form concrete works

  • Commencement of jump form concrete works

  • Continuation of pile cap installation across site

  • Temporary power installation


April 2014

Works to be undertaken this month on the EfW:

  • Complete bunker excavation and blinding of base

  • Erect first phase of slipforming rig and commence slipforming activites for the bunker

  •  Erect 2nd civil tower crane

  •  Continue pile cap construction

  •  Continue boiler hall ground floor slab

Works to be undertaken this month on the A41 Access Road:

Roundabout Construction:

  • Traffic lights will be set up after the Easter holiday period to divert traffic along the new road construction allowing work to start on the Aylesbury side of the works.

  • The works will involve excavating the road construction area to formation levels followed by the placement of capping stone and sub-base layers; completing the High Pressure Gas protection slabs’ construction as well as the installation of BT and electrical ducting. 

Access Road Construction: 

  • Drainage works and the placement of the capping layer to the North of the bridge construction will be completed.

  • The sub-base layer will then be placed followed by the tarmac’s base layer. This will be carried out in approx 350m long sections with sub-base placed one day followed by tarmac the following day.

  • South of the bridge construction; the manholes located to the side of the attenuation crates will be constructed followed by capping stone being brought up to level along this section.

  • The off-line section of road leading up from the roundabout construction to the industrial area will be excavated to formation and capping stone will be imported to bring the road level up to bottom of sub-base level.

Bridge Construction:

  • The bridge’s deck will be poured and stripped followed by the construction of the string course.

  • The props and formwork will be stripped once the concrete has achieved its required strength.

  • The road either side of the bridge will be excavated and re-constructed up to achieve the new design levels along with re-aligning the existing kerb line.

  •  The road will be re-opened to all traffic.

Works to be undertaken this month on the High Heavens Transfer Station:

Road Widening

  • The permanent compound and office complex are being set up.

  • Works on access road widening to start on 7 April.

  • Works will remain unobtrusive leading up to Easter.

  • Traffic management can be expected on the access road after Easter.

Transfer Station

The final report for Ground Investigations and Testing will be produced for designers to start work on substructure design in April.

 


March 2014

Works to be undertaken this month on the EfW:

  • Complete temporary works for the Process Water Tank

  • Complete steel fixing for capping beam

  • Shutter and pour capping beam (7 pours)

  • Commence waste bunker excavation

  • Complete storm/foul water drainage

  • Continue to construct boiler & FGT pilecaps

  • Erect second civil tower crane. 

Works to be undertaken this month on the A41 Access Road:

  • Drainage work will be completed along the disused railway line, followed by the removal of un-suitable capping. Fresh capping stone will then be placed to achieve the desired levels before sub-base placement commences.

  • Between the roundabout construction and the disused railway line, the overhead power lines will be diverted underground (dependent on UKPN’s availability), after which work will start on excavating to formation and capping the off-line section leading up to the industrial estate.

  • At the roundabout works; the gas mains protection slabs will be constructed, Phase 1 of the drainage work along with ducts installations will be completed. Kerbs will be laid, followed by the placement of the tarmac base layer.

  • For the bridge construction; the in-situ deck will be removed, followed by shuttering, steel fixing and casting the remainder of the walls up to underside of new deck level. 

Works to be undertaken this month on the High Heavens
Waste Transfer Station:

  • Soil Engineering tests are ongoing into March with results expected late March.

  • Tree Clearance will continue for the first week of March.

    • The trees will be made available to the general public at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in the next 2-3 weeks.

    • Once all the trees and roots are cleared, Ground Testing will commence on the proposed road widening area for design information. 


February 2014

Works to be undertaken this month on the EfW

  • Erect the Tower Crane

  • Complete Contract Piling

  • Progress construction of the Process Water Tank Walls

  • Construct the Waste Bunker Capping Beam

  • Commence Pilecaps & Groundbeams for the Boiler & FGT

  • Continue with the installation of drainage

Works to be undertaken this month on the Access Road from the A41

  • Work will commence on the bridge construction (GAU2) that forms part of the Access Road construction. The bridge replaces an existing railway bridge that crosses the Edgcott to Quainton road. The existing road will be broken out; a new re-enforced concrete slab base will be poured, as well as a staged construction of the concrete walls that are to be pored up against the existing abutments.

  • The installation of filter drains that run parallel with the access road construction will continue working Northwards from the bridge construction.

  • Attenuation storage tanks will be installed below the Access Road as part of the drainage system to the South of the bridge construction to prevent any potential flooding.

  • At the Access road tie-in point with the A41, the roundabout construction will continue to the South of the A41. Capping stone will be placed, concrete protection slabs will be constructed above the High Pressure Gas mains that cross under the road and the installation of the drainage network will start.

  • 200m North of the roundabout construction, the overhead power lines will be diverted underground prior to excavating down to formation in this area. Once formation levels are achieved, the area will be capped with imported stone.

Works to be undertaken this month on High Heavens Transfer Station

  • Completion of Ground investigation works

  • Ground Investigation results will be analysed and options for the building foundation appraised

  • Trees along the access road will be felled, to allow for the road widening.

 


January 2014

NOTICE: 22nd January 2014

Lawn Hill will be closed for repairs of the Shipton Lee Bridge from Monday 27th January. The route will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists for the 18 week planned duration of the works. The road will remain closed over the weekends, and a diversion will remain in place until the works are complete. Further information and a map of the diversion route can be found here.

NOTICE: 10th January 2014 

A large load is due to leave site on Wednesday 15th January. Residents on Brackley Lane and along Werner Terrace were notified and have been advised to remove their vehicles from the road on the day. 

NOTICE: 8th January 2014
Shipton Lee Bridge Repairs: unexpected delays have meant that we have not been able to start the works (and close Lawn Hill) as originally anticipated on 6th January 2014. We expect that the formalities will be resolved this week and that we will be able to commence work before the weekend. The link provides further information.

Information:

We have written a letter to Calvert Residents in response to the concerns that they have raised in recent months. You can read the full letter here  

Works to be undertaken this month: 

  • Start works on Shipton Lee Bridge

  • Start works on the A41 roundabout

  • Continue with drainage works throughout the new access road

  • Complete piling on EfW site Excavation & Slab for Process Water Tank

  • Deliver & Erect Tower Crane for civil construction

  • Tarmac the south road within the EfW site

  • Excavation of waste bunker

  • Commence Pile Caps & Groundbeams

 


December 2013

Works to be undertaken this month:
Energy from Waste Site
 

  • Complete Site Establishment with full occupancy

  • On site security in place & operational

  • Complete CFA piling

  • Complete Secant Piling

  • Commission Batching Plant

  • Continue initial concreting activities

New Access Road off A41

  • Continue excavating down to formation and import capping material to be placed along the road’s alignment both in the South and North side of the works.

  • Continue with the filter drain installation along the edge of the road working south from Bridge 2 towards the end of the old railway line section.

  • Commence drainage installation along the Northern section of the work.


November 2013

NOTICE (November 2013)

Two wide loads are expected into Brackley Lane at Calvert on Friday 29th November. Residents are requested to avoid parking on Brackley Lane on the day. The link provides further information.

Works to be undertaken this month:

  • Complete site fencing and secure the site

  • Deliver and establish site office compound buildings

  • Complete road around the south of the development site

  • Delivery and establishment of a concrete batching plant

  • Commence first concrete works on site

New A41 Access Road

  • Install a contractor compound to the south of the new road, comprising welfare facilities, offices, a meeting room and a personnel car park

  • Temporary fencing to be erected to the south of the forthcoming roundabout construction where the new road will meet the A41

  • Commencement of new road excavation to formation levels and backfilled to design levels with capping materials

  • Continued set-out of various aspects of the works by engineers (including drainage, surface water collection lagoons, road profile)

Information
Frequently Asked Questions PDF

 


October 2013

Works to be undertaken during this month:

  • Site fencing installation and completion

  • Site compound fencing and ground works

  • Bulk excavation works

  • Installation of the northern site perimeter road to binder course

  • Commencement of the southern site perimeter road

  • Preliminary piling tests

  • Commencement of the new A41 access road

 


September 2013

 News

Tree planting starts the journey for energy from waste  

 A single pear tree marked the beginning of the construction journey for Buckinghamshire's Energy from Waste (EfW) plant at Greatmoor on Thursday September 5.

In a simple ceremony under a blue autumn sky, the Pyrus Communis'Conference' Pear was planted by Buckinghamshire County  Council Chairman Carl Etholen, Cabinet Member Lesley Clarke and Richard Belfield, FCC Environment Project Development Director.

Please click here to see the full article

 


April 2013 

News: 
19 April 2013
Buckinghamshire's residual waste treatment contract is signed. 

Buckinghamshire County Council and leading recycling and energy business, FCC Environment, have successfully concluded contract negotiations for the thermal treatment of residual waste arisings.

This will be delivered through the development of an energy from waste (EfW) treatment facility at Greatmoor, near Aylesbury, with the project being funded through an innovative use of construction-only finance and prudential borrowing.
Please click here to see the full article


July 2012

News:

23 July 2012
Buckinghamshire County Council awards residual waste treatment
contract to FCC Environment

Buckinghamshire County Council’s (BCC) Cabinet decided today (Monday, 23 July) to award the county’s 30-year residual waste treatment contract to FCC Environment.
FCC Environment (formerly Waste Recycling Group) was confirmed as preferred bidder by BCC for the project in February 2011. The Council’s Development Control Committee voted to grant planning permission to the Greatmoor Energy From Waste (EfW) in April this year and the Environment Agency granted the facility a permit to operate in May this year.

Please click here to see full the article


May 2012

News:

28 May 2012 

FCC Environment welcomes decision to grant planning approval for Buckinghamshire energy from waste treatment facility

FCC Environment is pleased that Buckinghamshire County Council’s independent Development Control Committee has approved our planning application for an Energy from Waste facility which will treat up to 300,000 tonnes of waste generated by households and businesses in Buckinghamshire each year.


The facility will significantly reduce reliance on landfill, increase recycling and generate 22MW of low carbon electricity. It will also provide a boost to the local economy, including creating approximately 300 temporary jobs during the three year construction and 40 permanent skilled jobs.

Please click here to see full the article


February 2011

News:
28 February 2011 

Greatmoor Energy from Waste Decision Reconfirmed Waste Recycling Group (WRG)is pleased that Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet has unanimously reconfirmed its decision to award the company Preferred Bidder status for its proposed Energy from Waste solution.

Please click here to see full the article


November 2010

News:

29 November 2010

WRG welcomes Buckinghamshire County Council’s Energy from Waste decision

Waste Recycling Group (WRG) welcomes today’s decision by Buckinghamshire County Council to award it preferred bidder status for the Council’s Energy from Waste (EfW) procurement project.

Modern EfW incineration is an essential part of sustainable waste and resource management strategies. Apart from helping the council to meet its waste management targets, the scheme will also offer benefits for the Government’s renewable energy and carbon reduction commitments. EfW is a safe and effective way of diverting residual municipal waste from landfill and produces valuable and renewable energy by reducing the use of fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and gas for generating power.

 Please click here to see full the article

 


 

 

 

 

 

   


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