HZI confirmed for another UK-based EfW plant build

Developer’s other EfW plant had used the now defunct partnership of CNIM and Clugston when it moved to construction

An artist's impression of the EfW plant
An artist's impression of the EfW plant

Energy-from-waste plant developer Brockwell Energy has confirmed Switzerland-based Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) will build its fully consented Fife-based facility.

HZI was confirmed as preferred bidder this week in a statement issued by Brockell for the facility, which is officially known as the Westfield Energy Recovery Facility Limited (WERL) plant.

Brockwell told ENDS in December that it was close to achieving financial close on the 240,000 tonne per year EfW facility. 

In 2019 it told ENDS it planned to use the facility as a "lynchpin" for regenerating the rest of the site after Fife Council gave it planning consent to be built in the Westfield opencast coal site near Kinglassie, Fife.

The 23.7MWe plant will process refuse-derived-fuel and export more than 21.5MWe of its capacity. 

Brockwell also has a 50% share in the 216,000t/yr Earls Gate EfW plant, which achieved financial close in January 2019. The remaining 50% is jointly held with Green Investment Group (GIG) and Covanta.

A consortium of France-based CNIM and UK-based Clugston won the deal to build the Earls Gate facility in March of 2019. However, Clugston called in administrators in December of the same year, and CNIM has signalled less of an appetite for EfW builds recently.

The Westfield project means HZI now has a large number of UK-based projects in various stages of development. 

HZI is building Cory Riverside Energy’s expansion in south-east London, the Newhurst EfW plant, Slough Multifuel, Rookery South and is in the running for the vast 700,000t/yr Edmonton EfW facility deal, which is due to be awarded towards the end of next year.  

Across Europe and globally, HZI is also developing a series of EfW plants in Russia, its natitive Switzerland and Australia to name a few. 

Brockwell’s latest statement also confirms HZI will take on a “long-term” O&M agreement for the Westfield facility once it is completed. 

According to the statement, construction “will begin this summer” and the facility is expected to be “operational as soon as 2024”.

A deal with Scotland-based waste aggregator Cireco to be the facility’s principal feedstock supplier has also been “finalised”, according to the statement. 

More information on the feedstock will be confirmed as Brockwell continues to “collaborate and develop our procurement strategy over the coming weeks and months”, the statement adds.

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