About the project


What is the project about?

The project is to build an energy recovery facility at Deeside Industrial Park in Flintshire, called Parc Adfer. This facility will deal with the residual waste left after all recycling has taken place from five local authority areas, in North Wales, totalling around 200,000 tonnes. The facility will create 16.6 MW of electrical energy from the waste by combusting it in a controlled, safe procedure to produce heat in the form of steam and electricity. The energy generated would be equivalent to power around 30,000 homes.

The steam can be potentially used by other industrial plants in Deeside and the electricity will be exported to the national grid to help meet the UK’s energy needs. This is seen by many as the most environmentally sustainable solution for the management of residual municipal waste.

Who are the partners involved?

The North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP) was formed by Conwy County Borough Council, Denbighshire County Council, Flintshire County Council, Gwynedd County Council, Isle of Anglesey County Council to find a solution to deal with the waste after recycling has taken place.

The Welsh Government is also backing the project, helping the authorities to select and procure the facility.

Specialist energy company, Wheelabrator, has been selected by the partnership to develop and operate Parc Adfer.

Who is Wheelabrator?

Wheelabrator is a developer, owner and operator of energy recovery facilities with a long history of providing effective and reliable services for local authorities, businesses and local communities around the world. The company has developed owned and operated similar facilities for over 40 years and has a strong track record of providing exceptional long-term operational performance and reliability.

How is the project funded?

The project is funded by Wheelabrator to design and build the facility. The partnership will pay a ‘gate fee’ to use the facility for each tonne of waste that is brought to Parc Adfer for treatment. In this way, the facility will be paid for over the course of the 25 year contract.

Who will construct the facility?

Wheelabrator has selected CNIM Group as the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor. CNIM in turn has 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.

Many sub-contractors will be required during the construction of the facility, the opportunities are listed here. A Meet the Buyer event was held on November 3rd 2016 for suppliers interested in working on the Parc Adfer project but if you missed the session, you can still register your company interest here.

What is the construction schedule?

The site was opened in January 2017 and the overall construction programme is expected to last about three years.