Delayed Hoddesdon gasification plant recruiting staff

UK: Facility was due to be operational in the first half of 2017

An artist's impression of the facility
An artist's impression of the facility

London-based investment fund AssetGen Partners’ delayed-waste gasification plant in Hoddesdon appears to be nearing operational status and recruiting staff.

According to a vacancy, posted yesterday on cv-library.co.uk, a day operator is sought for an unnamed "new gasification power plant", which the advert also states is based in Hoddesdon.

In March 2015, Investment fund Foresight and the then-called Green Investment Bank (GIB) backed half of the €82m (£60m) development cost of the 10MWe gasification plant, which is due to process up to 90,000 tonnes per year of refuse-derived fuel.

At the time, the plant was set to be the UK’s first waste-gasification facility, but since then Amey’s Milton Keynes-based 93,600t/yr gasification facility has become operational.

France-based Bouygues Energies & Services won the contract to build the plant from AssetGen Partners in April 2015. At the time the plant was due to open in the first half of 2017.

However, problems at the facility, along with another similar project in Northern Ireland being developed for Bombardier by Bouygues, were revealed last October. According to a financial update the issues were "related mainly to malfunctions on certain equipment, leading to delays, additional costs and compensation paid to customers".

AssetGen Partners was contacted for a comment on the project’s status.

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