Doveryard developing Irvine-based EfW facility

UK: Developer has previously been involved in EfW plants in Hoddesdon and Northern Ireland, as well as a biomass-fired plant in south-east England

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

Plans for a new 15MWe energy-from-waste plant have been lodged with Scottish local authority North Ayrshire Council. 

EfW developer Doveryard is behind the plan for a facility, which will be able to process up to 180,000 tonnes a year of waste. 

The plant is planned for land off Murdoch Place in the Oldhall West industrial estate, Irvine. The planning documents show it will feature a 60-metre high flue stack.

In 2009, North Ayrshire Council gave the green light to a smaller 80,000t/yr EfW facility, but the plant was not taken forward and the consent has since expired, according to the planning documents. 

Officially the new plant will be known as the "energy recovery facility" and it will feature "proven, highly regulated technology", which the application does not appear to explain further – although other Doveryard projects have used gasification technology.

According to documents lodged with the council, Doveryard is a joint venture formed in 2017 between Waste Energy Partners and Low Carbon. 

The business said it has developed EfW facilities in Hoddesdon, which is presumably AssetGen Partners’ gasification plant, and in Northern Ireland for Bombardier.

ENDS has previously reported that France-based Bouygues Energies & Services won the contract to build the Hoddesdon plant from AssetGen Partners in April 2015. At the time the plant was due to open in the first half of 2017, it is still not officially operational. 

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".

According to the council documents, the company has also developed a biomass-fired plant in Tilbury, Essex, which appears to be the waste wood-fired Tilbury Green Power (TGP) facility, which went into operation in February. 

The latest Irvine-based development would also produce 36,000t/yr of incinerator bottom ash (IBA), which the documents says can be used to produce secondary aggregates.

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