Power to the peo­ple as waste fa­cil­ity is opened

Plant due to be com­pleted fol­low­ing 10 years of work and plan­ning

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

To­day (July 14) marks the fi­nal com­ple­tion of con­struc­tion of Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s new en­ergy from waste (EfW) power sta­tion.

The fa­cil­ity, at Great­moor, near Calvert, in north­ern Bucks, which gen­er­ates elec­tric­ity from waste that can­not be re­cy­cled, is the sin­gle big­gest in­vest­ment ever made by Bucks County Coun­cil, and stands to save the county’s tax­pay­ers £150mil­lion over 30 years through avoid­ing land­fill charges, as well as earn­ing an in­come from the power gen­er­ated.

The plant will be run on be­half of the coun­cil by FCC En­vi­ron­ment, one of the UK’s lead­ing waste and re­source man­age­ment com­pa­nies, in a 30-year part­ner­ship.

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for plan­ning and en­vi­ron­ment War­ren Whyte said: “I’m de­lighted to be able to for­mally ac­cept com­ple­tion of the Great­moor En­ergy from Waste Plant – a ma­jor milestone which marks the cul­mi­na­tion of over 10 years’ plan­ning and devel­op­ment.

“This ma­jor in­vest­ment by the County Coun­cil will save tax­pay­ers £150 mil­lion over thirty years and pro­vide a valu­able eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion to this part of Buck­ing­hamshire.”

FCC en­vi­ron­ment chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Tay­lor, said: “Great­moor EfW will con­vert Buck­ing­hamshire’s house­hold and busi­ness resid­ual waste, the ma­te­rial that can­not oth­er­wise be re­cy­cled, into re­new­able en­ergy.

“This will re­duce the county’s depen­dence on land­fill dis­posal. The con­tract will run for 30 years, bring­ing sig­nif­i­cant sus­tain­abil­ity and eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Buck­ing­hamshire.

“The new fa­cil­ity will treat up to 300,000 tonnes of resid­ual waste each year and will gen­er­ate 22 Megawatts of elec­tric­ity – this is equiv­a­lent to the en­ergy re­quired to power up to 36,000 homes.”

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