EnviRecover Energy-from-Waste project gets going on the ground
On behalf of Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council, Mercia Waste Management (Mercia) is pleased to announce that construction work will shortly start on the two counties’ flagship ‘Envirecover’ Energy-from-Waste plant at the Hartlebury Trading Estate, near Kidderminster. Envirecover will treat 200,000 tonnes a year of non-recyclable waste and generate renewable electricity sufficient to power a town the size of Kidderminster.
The construction phase of the project will take 33 months with commissioning of the plant due in the spring of 2017.
Following a lengthy procurement process, Mercia has selected the Swiss-based technology provider, Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), as the main Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor.
HZI has a global wealth of experience in energy from waste projects and is currently engaged in four projects at different stages under construction in the UK. In turn, HZI has appointed UK-based multi-discipline firm Interserve Plc. as its main subcontractor for the civil components of the plant.
“After a diligent planning and financial negotiation process, we are delighted to be moving onto the construction phase of this project,” said Ian Barber, Manager at Mercia, “The initial work will be focused on preparing the ground and foundations of the building. For a project this size, we have carefully chosen our contractor, HZI, due to its proven ability to deliver and professionalism in construction.”
Franz-Josef Mengede, Chief Executive Officer of HZI says: ”We are very pleased by the trust of Mercia Waste Management in HZI’s capability to deliver projects on time and budget. Our continued successful project delivery in the UK enables us to propose most competitive bids combined with high efficiency technology setups. We are convinced that the facility will be an added value for both councils in terms of sustainable waste management and are proud to have been selected as the main EPC contractor by Mercia.”
Envirecover was granted planning permission in July 2012 following a public inquiry. Since that time Mercia and the Councils have been working on the commercial arrangements that will see the Councils acting as the lender and funder for Envirecover and also for outstanding investments in waste management infrastructure until the end of Mercia’s contract.
The energy-from-waste plant is the final part of an integrated waste management plan to recycle and recover value from municipal waste arisings across Worcestershire and Herefordshire. In addition to Envirecover, Mercia’s sister company, Severn Waste Services, operates Envirosort, its 100,000 tonne per year Materials Reclamation Facility, at Norton near Worcester. Through this facility, and via its 16 household recycling centres across the two counties, the company has helped the authorities to achieve contract recycling rates exceeding 42%.
The company currently employs some 250 personnel. At peak, some additional 300 people will be employed in the construction of the Envirecover plant, which will have an operating staff of around 40 people upon commissioning.