Five EfW projects get CfD funding

UK: Two EfW CHP plants and three ACT-equipped facilities win subsides in CfD round one allocation

The K3 CHP Facility
The K3 CHP Facility

The government has backed 156.7MW of electricity to be generated from waste in the first allocation round of its contracts for difference (CfD) scheme.

The announcement, made on 26 February, favoured mainly onshore wind projects, but also guaranteed funding at a certain level for electricity generated by five energy-from-waste facilities.

The largest project, Wren Power and Pulp being developed by Gent Fairhead & Co, will have a capacity of 49.75MWe.

The government has a said it will give the facility a strike price of £80.

The CfD is aimed at cutting the risk faced by low-carbon generators by paying a variable top-up between the market price and a fixed price level, known as the strike price.

The second largest plant is the K3 CHP Facility, developed by K3CHP, also receives a strike price of £80. It will have a capacity of 45MWe and the merchant plant will process about 550,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Both plants, which are traditional EfW facilities, are due to receive the money between 2018 and 2019. The plants are also both combined heat and power (CHP) facilities.

The three remaining projects all use advanced conversion technology (ACT). ENDS understands they are all gasification facilities rather than pyrolysis plants.

The biggest is BHEG Walsall, which is being developed by BH EnergyGap (Walsall) and will have a capacity of 26MWe. It will receive a strike price £114.39, due to start between 2018 and 2019.

The plant is due to gasify about 200,000 tonnes year of commercial and industrial refuse-derived fuel (RDF) a year.

The two remaining facilities will both receive the highest strike price of £119.89. Energy Works, developed by Energy Works (Hull), is the largest of the two projects with a capacity of 25MWe. It is due to gasify 152,000 tonnes of waste a year.

The smaller facility, Enviroparks Hirwaun Generation Site, developed by Enviroparks Operations, has a capacity of 11MWe and is due to process around 50,000 tonnes of waste a year.

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