Wheelabrator continues UK investment with application for 200,000 tonne energy recovery facility for North Wales

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. (Wheelabrator) has submitted its planning application to Flintshire County Council for Parc Adfer, the 200,000 tonne energy recovery facility being proposed for the management of residual waste across North Wales.

The North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP) – a partnership between the Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Gwynedd County Councils – selected Wheelabrator as its preferred bidder in April this year. The facility is being proposed for a former steelworks site on the Deeside Industrial Park near Connah’s Quay.

The Welsh Government’s statutory targets require local authorities to recycle at least 70 per cent of household waste by 2025, and to landfill no more than five per cent of what remains. Parc Adfer (Adfer meaning to ‘recover’ or ‘restore’ in Welsh) has been designed to manage the non-recyclable waste after these targets have been met. There will also be a limited amount of capacity for accepting commercial and industrial waste, above and beyond the contracted local authority household waste from the region.

Gary Aguinaga, Wheelabrator’s Managing Director for UK and Europe, said:

“This is another significant milestone for Wheelabrator and brings the creation of a sustainable, long-term solution to managing residual waste in North Wales a step closer. Wheelabrator’s UK operations are growing at pace, with several new projects now at different stages of either planning or construction. These facilities create benefits in many areas – not only will they help us divert more non-recyclable waste from landfill but they will also create jobs, boost supply chain businesses and create more energy security for thousands of UK homes and businesses.”

Wheelabrator hopes to receive a decision on its Parc Adfer application during the first half of 2015. If consent is granted, work on site could start by the end of the year, with the facility entering operation in 2018. The 16MW facility will create around 300 jobs during its three year construction phase, around 35 full time jobs when operational and generate power equivalent to the needs of 30,000 homes. The development team is currently assessing options for supplying waste heat from Parc Adfer, in the form of piped steam, to nearby industrial or commercial users.

This milestone for Parc Adfer comes just weeks after Wheelabrator announced it had signed an agreement with Biffa to work together on the development of a new 350,000 tonne energy recovery facility on the site of the former Newhurst Quarry at Shepshed in Leicestershire. The Newhurst project is being progressed by WTI through Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL), its 50:50 joint venture partnership with SSE plc.

Wheelabrator is also now close to completing construction of its Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 facility in West Yorkshire, with the 68MW plant – which is also being developed in partnership with SSE through the MEL joint venture – expected to become commercially operational by summer 2015. A Development Consent Order application for its sister facility, Ferrybridge Multifuel 2, has also been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate and could have a generating capacity of circa 70MW, producing enough energy to power around 160,000 homes.

A new 550,000 tonne facility at DS Smith Paper’s Kemsley Mill, near Sittingbourne in Kent, is also set to be progressed by Wheelabrator, with planning permission for the facility already in place.


For more information about Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. please contact:
Toby Barker, Camargue PR
Email: tbarker@camarguepr.com

Notes to Editors:
For more information about the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP) please visit www.nwrwtp.com

About Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.:
About Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.

  • Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. (WTI) is a leading developer, owner and operator of Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities and has been established for nearly 40 years.
  • WTI currently owns and/or operates 22 energy facilities in the US, 18 of which are EfW facilities. Every year in the US, WTI processes more than 6.9 million tonnes of waste which generates over 4.5 billion kilowatts of energy.
  • In China, WTI provides operational and technical support to Shanghai Chengtou Holdings on nine EfW facilities which are in operation or under construction. WTI is also actively engaged in a joint venture with Swire Waste Management in Hong Kong. Today it operates the Outer Island waste transfer system and aims to win further competitive procurements in the future.
  • WTI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., the largest provider of integrated waste management services in North America with over 21 million customers. In 2008 Wheelabrator entered the UK market, and since then it has established strong partnerships with some of the leading waste management and energy generation providers and many UK-based suppliers. Today, it has a pipeline of UK projects, including the construction of a 68 MW Multifuel Power Station with its joint venture partner SSE.
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