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Firms sought for £500M north London power project

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North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is to hold a second market information day as it seeks contractors for its £500M North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP).

The event will take place on 18 June and is aimed at firms seeking to participate in construction opportunities offered by the project over the next 10 years.

NLWA is the body responsible for arranging the disposal, recycling, and composting of waste collected by the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. The new facility is set to be constructed at Edmonton EcoPark – a 16ha site in the Upper Lee Valley.

A NLWA spokesperson said: “[NLWA] think the waste that cannot be recycled from the seven London boroughs in our area should be dealt with in the future. We are building an energy recovery facility (ERF) to replace the existing plant at the Edmonton EcoPark by 2025 so we can continue to recover energy – heat and power – from waste.

“The replacement facility will generate over 50MW of electricity, which means that in planning terms it is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

”As a result, the secretary of sState for business, energy and industrial strategy decided whether we should be granted consent to build it, following examination of our proposals. The secretary of state granted us a Development Consent Order for the project in 2017 and construction activities stared in early 2019.”

Earlier this year, the NLWA began construction of a temporary laydown area where materials would be stored and fabricated for the construction of the new ERF.

In addition, the project involves the construction of a Resource Recovery Facility located on the south of the site. This will be where bulky waste will be separated for recycling and will also be the location of a recycling centre for the public and businesses.

Other components of the project include the demolition and removal of the existing energy from waste facility as well as the development of the EcoPark House facility which will contain office accommodation and a visitors’ centre where people can learn more about recycling, waste, heat, and power. The existing energy from waste facility is expected to reach the end of its operational life by 2025.

North London councils in 2012/2013 collected 827,000t of waste, approximately 80% of which was from households. Meanwhile, the amount of waste is expected to rise to 1.07M.t by 2050, according to NLWA.

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  • £500m for 50MW (0.1MW/£1m) production, made possible by burning waste and firing CO2 into the atmosphere.

    Compare to Hinkley Point C, at around £20Bn for 3.2 GW production... (i.e. 0.16MW/£1m) HPC comes in cheaper, with no operational CO2 put into the atmosphere. Why do we continue to fund sources of power which pollute our atmosphere?

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