Shanks Group Announces $1.2 Billion UK Waste-to-Energy Facility
Clean Edge News
Waste management business Shanks Group plc recently announced a 25 year contract with Wakefield Council worth an estimated £750 million ($1.2 billion). Under the contract, Shanks will build a residual waste treatment facility which will employ a number of processes to treat and recycle waste from the Wakefield District transforming it into valuable products and green energy. The facility will process up to 230,000 tonnes per annum of municipal solid waste, helping to increase the local authority’s landfill diversion rate towards 90%.
The contract has been funded by the UK Green Investment Bank and a group of leading international banks; Barclays, BayernLB from Germany and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation from Japan.
A variety of materials will be segregated for recycling and the Facility will produce a refuse derived fuel, for processing at a multi-fuel plant and a separate onsite materials recycling facility will separate out the clean mixed recyclate material derived from the Wakefield District’s households to be used by specialist markets. The remaining organic waste will be fed into a 65,000 tonnes per annum anaerobic digestion plant, where it will be converted into biogas for renewable energy generation. This will both power the plant and export energy back to the grid; it is estimated that the process will generate sufficient green energy to power approximately 3,000 homes. The residue from the anaerobic digestion process will be used as a nutrient-rich soil conditioner.