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15 years and counting. . .history of the Colnbrook plant


Waste management firm Grundon fi rst considered building an incinerator on the Colnbrook site in 1991.

Eight years later it submitted its first planning application, which was approved the year after in 2000.

However, with Grundon committing to cover just 15% of the costs, it took the firm a further five years to attract the remaining 85% from private funds.

To guarantee this massive private investment, Grundon entered into a 50/50 joint venture with rival waste firm Viridor to create the project's client, Lakeside Energy from Waste.

A Japanese joint venture of Itochu/Takuma won the main contract to build the plant and appointed Nuttall to carry out a £32M package of civil engineering works.

After a 15 year build up to the project, the client was keen to see the plant built quickly.

Itochu/Takuma set a 33 month construction programme, which is due to complete in June 2008.

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