Devon County Council has appointed recycling firm Viridor to build an energy from waste plant in Exeter due to open by 2014.
Viridor has selected French firm TIRU to build and run the waste to energy plant for five years, then Viridor will take over operations. Viridor has already obtained planning permission for the plant which will be built on the site of the former Exeter Incinerator.
The plant is expected to cost £45M to construct. TIRU won the contract to build and initially operate the Exeter plant following an Official Journal of the European Union notice of the tender opportunity.
The oscillating kiln which is at the heart of this type of plant ensures combustion of the waste. The emissions from this tightly-controlled process are low compared even to the stringent Waste Incineration Directive standards, said Devon County Council in a statement.
Some 3MW of electricity will be generated per hour and exported to the National Grid and the plant is designed to export heat should a district heating network be established on the Marsh Barton estate.
“It will complement our existing services and eliminate the risk of being fined for non-compliance with the Landfill Directive,” said Devon councillor and cabinet member for environment and community Roger Croad. “This is robust, safe and clean technology with an established track record, which should give many years of reliable service.”