What is the project about?
An energy recovery facility is being built at Deeside Industrial Park in Flintshire, called Parc Adfer. The energy-from-waste facility will generate 19 MW (gross) / 17 MW (net) of clean, sustainable electricity to power local homes and businesses. Once operational in 2019, Parc Adfer will divert waste from landfills by processing up to 200,000 tonnes per year of post-recycled waste, generating enough renewable energy to meet the needs of over 30,000 homes. The facility will utilise local and regional waste from five local authority areas in North Wales, reducing waste sent to landfill or from being pre-treated then exported to European energy-from-waste plants.
The five local authorities make up the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Partnership (NWRWTP). The energy-from-waste facility will recycle over 15% of the NWRWTP’s waste by recovering metals and aggregates, which will directly increase North Wales’ recycling rates by 7%. The facility will export electricity to the national grid to help meet the UK’s energy requirements and will also have the capacity to export heat or steam energy to nearby industrial, commercial or residential users.
Who are the partners involved?
The NWRWTP was formed by Flintshire County Council, Isle of Anglesey County Council, Gwynedd County Council, Conwy County Borough Council and Denbighshire County Council to find a sustainable solution to deal with the waste after recycling has happened.
The Welsh Government further backs the project, and supported the five authorities to select and publicly procure the energy-from-waste facility. Wheelabrator Technologies was selected by the partnership to design, develop, build and operate Parc Adfer under a 25-year contract.
Who is Wheelabrator Technologies?
Wheelabrator Technologies is the second largest US energy-from-waste business, and is an industry leader in the conversion of everyday residential and business waste into clean energy. Wheelabrator currently has a platform of 22 power-producing assets across the US and UK — 19 energy-from-waste facilities (three under construction), three independent power plants as well as four ash monofills and three transfer stations. Wheelabrator currently has an annual waste processing capacity of over 6.8 million tonnes (7.5 million US tons), and a total combined electric generating capacity of 825 megawatts — enough energy to power more than 771,000 homes. Wheelabrator also recovers metals for recycling into commercial products. The company’s vision to develop, deliver and realize the potential of clean energy speaks to Wheelabrator’s ongoing commitment to the development of clean energy solutions for its customers and local communities. Wheelabrator is owned by Energy Capital Partners, an energy infrastructure-focused private equity firm. For more on Energy Capital Partners, please visit http://www.ecpartners.com. For more on Wheelabrator, please visit www.wtienergy.co.uk.
Who is funding the facility?
Parc Adfer is a good example of a public private partnership (PPP). The NWRWTP authority pays a “gate fee” to dispose of each tonne of waste it brings to Parc Adfer, with funding support provided by the Welsh Government over the 25 year operational period of a fuel supply contract. With such long-term support in place, Wheelabrator Technologies was able to raise the significant amount of equity capital and third party bank financing required to design, build and then operate Parc Adfer, and maintain stable and competitive treatment pricing over the life of the contract. At the end of the life of the contract, the facility transfers to the authority.
Who is constructing the facility?
Wheelabrator Technologies selected CNIM Group as the EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) contractor. CNIM in turn appointed Clugston Construction to lead the civil engineering works.
CNIM Group is a leading European specialist for the design and construction of power plants and has delivered 163 energy-from-waste plants all over the world.
UK-based Clugston Construction is a building and civil engineering contractor, which has built a reputation for safely delivering a wide variety of services and projects, many of them high profile award winning schemes for national and international clients.
Sub-contractors are being used throughout the construction of the facility. A Meet the Buyer event was held in November 2016 and suppliers can still register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the construction schedule?
Construction started in January 2017 and the facility is expected to become operational in spring 2019.