Riverside EfW plant's EP consultation opens

UK: Expanded EfW plant would be able to process 1.4Mt/yr and add another 96MWe of capacity

The current EfW plant
The current EfW plant

England’s Environment Agency yesterday opened a consultation into an environmental permit for a vast expansion of the Riverside Energy Park.

The month-long consultation, which runs until 13 March, has been submitted in the name of Cory Environmental Holdings for its Belvedere-based energy-from-waste plant.

The company, which trades as Cory Riverside Energy, has operated the EfW plant known as Riverside Resource Recovery Facility (RRRF) since 2011.

The main elements listed in the consultation document are:

  • A new energy recovery facility to sit alongside the current plant

  • A 1MWe anaerobic digestion facility

  • A 1MWe solar photovoltaic installation

  • Battery storage

  • Infrastructure to make a potential future district heating pipe connection

The permit documents also show the existing jetty at the facility has capacity to support deliveries of up to 805,920 tonnes per year of refuse-derived fuel.

Cory Riverside Energy formally submitted its plans for a vast expansion to the Planning Inspectorate last November, which was accepted by the body in December.

A consultation, held by the inspectorate, ended this week and Cory has previously said construction work could start as early as 2021 with the plant operational by 2024, depending on the planning process.

The company revealed in November 2017 that it hoped to increase the plant’s waste treatment capacity by 650,000t/yr to about 1.4Mt/yr, although the permit asks for a total of 655,000t/yr.

The expansion would also add another 96MWe of capacity to the site’s current 72MWe. Cory has said creating a district heating network was an objective of the work.

A 1MWe biogas plant, processing up to 40,000t/yr of green and food waste, is also planned, which may produce biomethane, although this is not mentioned in the permit documents.

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