The proposed 595,000-tonnes-a-year waste-to-energy facility will form part of the larger Integrated Waste Management Facility in Rivenhall, Essex. The plant currently has planning permission for a 35m stack, but an environmental permit to operate with a 58m stack. Submissions have been made to the Environment Agency and Essex County Council’s planning department to align these. Rivenhall is located in the county of Essex in South-East England.
The proposed Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) will be Indaver’s first waste-to-energy facility in the UK. It will treat municipal solid waste - household and similar commercial and industrial, non-hazardous waste - and will generate approximately 49MW of electricity for export to the national grid. This will be enough to supply the power needs of approximately 60,000 households, equivalent to a town the size of Braintree in Essex or Cork city.
In line with its role in the circular economy, its development will safely treat residual waste that is unsuitable for reuse and recycling without the need to resort to landfill or shipping it abroad. Indaver will recover non-combustible materials such as metal from the bottom ash and send for recycling. The bottom ash will be processed into aggregate. The facility will produce renewable electricity for use onsite and export to the grid.
The facility will provide economic benefits to local service providers and offer waste treatment services for the industries in the region. With an investment of approximately £370 million, its development will result in 65 full time jobs and around 500 jobs during construction.
The site currently has planning permission for a 35m stack. It concluded that the proposal adhered to European policy requirements for waste management, as well as national and regional waste and spatial planning policies.
The IWMF is allocated as a permanent strategic site within the Essex and Southend Waste Local Plan.The planning and permitting processes are separate and distinct and both will follow their own timetables but could be concluded by spring 2019.
For more information about the project, see www.Rivenhall-IWMF.co.uk