Geminor agrees long-term RDF-supply deal for new UK EfW plant
Geminor has secured a contract for the supply of RDF to a new large-scale waste-to-energy project in western Scotland. The Oldhall EfW plant will on opening in 2024 have an annual recovery capacity of 185 000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste.
The construction of the Waste-to-Energy facility on the Oldhall Industrial Estate in Irvine, Ayrshire, is now starting up with an estimated construction time of 30 months. STC Power will fulfill the role of EPC Contractor, with German Standardkessel Baumgarte providing the grate-based technology solution.
When opening for production in Q2 of 2024, the facility will export 17 megawatts of low carbon electricity, enough to power 30,000 homes and provide heat and steam to nearby businesses.
Octopus Renewables is the owner of the Oldhall facility. Peter Dias, Investment Director, commented on the project.
– The project will play a crucial role in supporting Scotland’s target to ban landfill by 2025, enabling the waste to be used as a fuel source instead, and demonstrating the potential of technologies such as Waste-to-Energy in the UK’s diversified energy mix.
The RDF-fired plant will have an annual capacity of 185 000 tonnes, and Geminor has signed on for the delivery of 100 000 tonnes annually over a 10-year period.
Lowmac Alloys, which has a comprehensive, high-quality RDF-processing facility adjacent to the Oldhall plant in Irvine, will provide up to 50,000 tonnes of the fuel requirement.
Robert Hall, Director at Lowmac said:
– This is a major project and an important new contribution to EfW production in Scotland. We are very much looking forward to working with Geminor on this project and providing the quality fuels needed for efficient operations of the plant.
A strategic goal
Once operating, the project brings the total contracted UK EfW capacity available to Geminor to 350,000 tonnes per annum.
This contract helps towards the UK’s strategic goal of securing greater volumes of UK public sector waste, explains Country Manager Geminor UK, James Maiden.
– Geminor UK is very pleased that the development process for the Oldhall Recovery Project is now complete, and we look forward to preparing for and implementing the fuel supply plans following the construction phase of the project. The Oldhall Project is a welcome addition to Geminor’s growing domestic offtake capacity, which will be employed to serve our long-established customer base in Scotland, says James Maiden.
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