A £480 million waste to energy project in Lostock, northwest England has been given the green light for construction by owners Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (60%) and FCC Environment (40%) after the project reached financial close.
Once operational the plant is expected to process around 600,000 tonnes of waste per year, which will contribute to the UK government’s strategy to reduce landfill and export of waste.
Generating 60 MW, the energy from waste facility will be among the largest waste to energy facilities in Europe and will power roughly 110,000 homes, offsetting more than 200,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
The plant will be built on the land of Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE). Through site upgrades and mutual off-take agreements for steam and sodium bicarbonate, the facility will deliver significant new infrastructure for TCE’s soda ash plant and wider Lostock site and thereby underpin TCE operations and jobs for the long term.
It will also bring hundreds of local jobs to the area during construction as well as around 50 permanent jobs in the operations phase.
FCC will be responsible for operating the plant, as well as sourcing and delivering the 600,000 tonnes of waste that the plant will process each year.
“Today is a milestone for the waste treatment industry here in the UK which is facing a severe capacity gap for the treatment of unrecyclable residual waste,” said FCC Environment Group Chief Executive Paul Taylor. “This development forms an important part of our strategy to continuously invest in the waste related infrastructure that is crucial for this country’s ability to process waste and power homes across the UK both today and in the future.”
The two-boiler line project will be built by a consortium led by CNIM. The construction process will consist of two phases, starting with a 15 month enabling works program followed by a three-year building phase including six months of commissioning. The plant is scheduled to commence operations in the end of second quarter of 2023.
“We entered the project in the late development phase in September 2017 and have worked closely with the developers and FCC to reach financial close,” commented Christina Grumstrup Sørensen, Senior Partner at CIP.
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