UK recycling and renewable energy company Viridor welcomed members from the South London Waste Partnership and Lagan Construction Group on 1 December to mark the start of construction of its Energy Recovery Facility at Beddington, South London.
The £205 million facility will transform 300,000 tonnes of non-recycled waste each year from Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton into 26 MW of electricity – enough to power around 50,000 homes. A leading driver for the development is the Partnership’s aspiration to increase recycling, divert all of the remaining waste from going to landfill and recover energy from what remains. Construction of the Beddington energy recovery facility has significantly enhanced this vision. The facility will also have the capacity to export heat from the process to the local area and will be developed to support the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network.
The Energy Recovery Facility is being built on a corner of the existing waste management hub which currently includes recycling transfer capabilities and an existing landfill site which will enter its accelerated wind down and aftercare programme as a result of the construction project.
Alan Cumming, Capital Projects Director for Viridor said:
“It is fantastic that we are making such progress on the Beddington Energy Recovery Facility project. It will secure a sustainable waste management solution for the South London Waste Partnership over the next 25 years. The project will benefit the local community too; supporting over 400 jobs during the construction phase and deliver robust local spending.”
Gavin McKevitt, Operations Director for UK & Ireland Civil Engineering, Lagan Construction Group, said:
“Lagan Construction Group is delighted to have secured this significant Energy Recovery Facility at Beddington. We have a fully committed team to ensure the contract is delivered with the highest safety standards, within programme and offering a value for money solution.”
Cllr Terry Paton, Vice Chair of the South London Waste Partnership, said:
“Today is a milestone in the creation of an Energy Recovery Facility which will save the public a significant amount of money and reduce methane and CO2 emissions. When the ERF is up and running in 2018, CO2 emissions will reduce by 128,000 tonnes each year and it will not create the methane gas that comes from the landfill. Through benefits such as avoiding expensive landfill taxes, Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton will also save £200m over 25 years – that’s money that can be used protect frontline services at a time when our council budgets are being severely cut.”