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Cory and HZI plan to build second Energy-from-Waste plant in London, UK

A new energy-from-waste (EfW) plant is set to be built in Southeast London. Cory Riverside Energy Ltd has once again decided to collaborate with Swiss technology provider Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI). Augmenting the existing Riverside Energy Recovery Facility (Riverside ERF), the new plant would ultimately handle around 650 000 tonnes-per-annum of municipal solid waste (MSW) from the UK capital. The project is HZI's eleventh in the UK.

Cory Riverside Energy uses barges on the Thames to transport municipal solid waste (MSW) from collection points to its Riverside Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Belvedere, South East London (photo courtesy Cory).

Switzerland-headed clean-tech company Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) and Cory Riverside Energy Ltd, one of the UK’s leading players in recycling, energy recovery and resource management sector have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) setting down the terms of a collaboration to develop, plan, and construct a second energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in London, UK.

HZI, which delivered Cory’s existing Riverside Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Belvedere, South East London, will act as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the project.

The JDA is a mutual commitment between Cory and HZI to work together in developing the scheme through to securing planning consent and environmental permits, before entering into a full EPC agreement with HZI to construct the facility and wrap the risks of construction and functionality on behalf of Cory.

The two companies cooperated successfully to deliver the first Riverside Energy Recovery Facility (Riverside ERF) in 2011. Cory will remain the sole investor, owner and operator.

The collaboration with HZI on the first project was a great success. The plant isn’t just the largest in the UK, but it’s also seen as one of the most reliable. HZI has continually proven its expertise as a technology provider and general contractor, said Nicholas Pollard, CEO of Cory Riverside Energy.

Energy park for carbon-neutral technologies

Like its sister plant, the new facility would be built on the Belvedere site in Southeast London. Construction is targeted to begin in 2021, subject to planning approval, and the energy park is expected to be fully operational by 2024.

The new plant will complement the existing Riverside Energy Recovery Facility and comprise a range of integrated, low carbon technologies including energy-from-waste (EfW), anaerobic digestion (AD), solar panels, and battery storage.

The experience of building the first energy from waste facility at Belvedere with HZI has been a resounding success. The power station has proven enormously successful at converting London’s “black bag” residual waste into London’s electricity. HZI’s engineering and construction capabilities, together with Cory’s expertise in river logistics and waste management, have stood the test and passed with flying colours, said Pollard.

It also has the potential to create 100 new permanent jobs to operate and maintain either the power station or the additional fleet of tugs and barges which will be required to transport residual waste along the River Thames to the new facility.

Shipping waste by barge and turning it to energy locally within London’s boundaries is in keeping with the Mayor’s London Plan. In this manner, we will save 200kg of carbon from every 1000 kg of waste treated, compared to landfill – a total saving of 120 000 tonnes per year said Pollard.

The new facility has the potential to recover around 650 000 tonnes of solid municipal waste (MSW) per annum to generate electricity and heat for some 140,000 London households.

We share Cory’s vision of a plant that makes a major contribution to efforts to recycle even more of London’s waste and increase the share of fossil-free sources in the UK capital’s energy supply. After our successful collaboration on the first project, we look forward to renewing our partnership with Cory to repeat the success of the first Riverside facility, said HZI CEO Bruno-Frédéric Baudouin.

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