FCC Opens Doors on Buckinghamshire EfW Plant

FCC and Buckinghamshire County Council have opened the doors to the Greatmoor energy from waste (EfW) facility. Located near Aylesbury, it will treat up to 300,000 tonnes of waste per year, and generate 22MW of electricity – the equivalent of powering up to 36,000 homes. £209.7 million funds have been committed to the project which also includes two transfer stations (High Heavens and Amersham) and a new access road from the A41. The estimated Order Book Value is £920.4 million.

The new EfW facility, is FCC’s eighth in total with another one currently under construction. It was designed and built by Hitachi Zosen INOVA (HZI). The site is fully operational employing 46 full time, permanent operatives generating up to £2.3m for the local Aylesbury Vale economy per year. The facility will be the primary disposal point for all of Buckinghamshire’s local authority waste.

Paul Taylor, Chief Executive of FCC’s UK subsidiary (FCC Environment), said: “Greatmoor EfW will convert Buckinghamshire’s household and business waste, the material that cannot otherwise be recycled, into renewable energy. This will reduce the county’s dependence on landfill disposal.  The contract will run for 30 years bringing significant sustainability and economic benefits to Buckinghamshire.”

Aylesbury Vale District Council and some of the County’s Household Waste Centres will deliver waste directly to the facility, with the three southern districts councils (South Bucks, Chiltern and Wycombe) and the rest of the HWRCs using a Waste Transfer Station at High Heavens near Wycombe. The Waste Transfer Station, which has also been constructed as part of the contract between FCC and Buckinghamshire County Council, is used to bulk waste into articulated lorries for onward transport to the EFW facility.

Taylor added: “The construction of Greatmoor EfW marks an important step forward for FCC Environment as the business continues to develop, focusing on its customers’ requirements for extracting value, in the form of energy, from the waste left over after recycling has taken place. Greatmoor EfW represents an integrated service that the county can be proud of.”

Antonio Alfonso, Managing Director – Head of FCC Environment’s International Division, said: “Greatmoor EfW represents another significant step forward for FCC as a global partner to municipalities and authorities that are seeking to address environmental challenges. The opening of this facility demonstrates our ability to effectively deliver waste to energy solutions under PPP schemes.”