Lincolnshire’s Energy from Waste Facility
Following detailed research and an extensive public consultation, Energy from Waste (EfW) technology emerged as the solution to Lincolnshire’s waste problem. It provides a sustainable, safe and affordable waste treatment solution and allows energy to be recovered from waste that isn’t recycled or composted in the form of electricity.
The contract between Lincolnshire County Council and Waste Recycling Group, now FCC, was signed on 4 March 2011 after being appointed by the Executive Committee to design, build and operate a new EfW facility at the end of 2010.
Construction started in April 2011 at the site just off Whisby Road in North Hykeham. It was officially marked by a special tree planting ceremony led by the Chairman at the time, Cllr Peter Bedford. Photos from the ceremony and aerial photos showing construction are available in the gallery above.
FCC has a wealth of experience, operating similar facilities in Nottingham and Kent. They are working with experienced construction contractors - Scunthorpe based civil engineers Clugston and process specialists CNIM - to ensure the facility is built to a very high standard.
Key facts about the facility:
- the facility is designed to treat 150,000 tonnes of waste a year
- it will have a 75 metre high chimney stack
- it will include a visitor centre
- around 33 jobs will be created
- it will operate 24 hours a day
- it will generate enough electricity to power 15,000 homes - 11 megawatts (MW) - for sale to National Grid
Opportunities are being explored to make use of the heat produced by the facility in local homes and businesses in the future.
The facility is expected to be up and running by the end of 2013. To find out more details about FCC and the facility visit the FCC website.
Lincolnshire County Council is also constructing four new Waste Transfer Stations (WTSs) which will accept waste before bulking it up for transportation to the EfW facility. These are located at Grantham, Sleaford, Boston and Gainsborough and will add to the existing WTS at Louth. The WTSs will replace landfill sites as local disposal points for the District Councils and need to be operational before the hot commissioning of the EfW begins.
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