Viridor awards £252M energy recovery facility contract in UK

WCN Editorial Team 10 Apr 2017 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

CNIM and Clugston Construction have won a contract from renewable energy firm Viridor to build a new £252M energy recovery facility (ERF) on an industrial site in Avonmouth on the outskirts of Bristol, UK.

The new 34MW facility will be used to convert 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste into renewable energy annually. The energy generated by the facility is expected to be sufficient to power 44,000 households.

CNIM will provide the technology for the new facility, while Clugston will serve as the building and civil contractor. The facility is Viridor’s 12 ERF and the fourth to be developed with CNIM.

Viridor managing director, Phil Piddington, said: “The development creates an exciting opportunity to support the South West community and Bristol’s progress towards creating a low carbon economy, following the city’s successful year as European Green Capital.”

Construction work is expected to begin in mid-2017, with the facility anticipated to be operational in 2020. The project is anticipated to create over 600 jobs during the peak construction and 45 permanent roles during operations.

Viridor signed a 25-year contract with Somerset County Council, brokered by Somerset Waste Partnership. Under the contract, almost a third of the available capacity at Avonmouth will be taken up, by diverting waste that is currently transported to three landfill sites.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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