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North London energy recovery facility gets go ahead

North London energy recovery facility gets go ahead
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) was granted a development consent order (DCO) by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy last week (24 February) to build a huge new energy recovery facility at the Edmonton EcoPark, replacing the current plant located at the site.

Now a DCO has been granted, the 14 councillors from the seven North London boroughs that make up the NLWA will consider the consent at a meeting in April and develop a strategy for delivering the scheme over the coming months.

The NLWA’s proposal, the North London Heat and Power Project, aims to replace the current plant with a new facility capable of processing waste that cannot be recycled from North London and turn it into energy.

The NLWA is a partnership between seven north London boroughs that deals with the disposal of waste from Barnet, Enfield, Camden, Hackney, Haringey, Waltham Forest and Islington.

The plans state that the facility will be capable of incinerating 700,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and will produce 50 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 127,000 homes.

Following the development of a delivery strategy, construction preparation work could start in 2019. The existing plant would be decommissioned and demolished once the new facility is up and running by 2028.

Commenting on the plan’s progress, Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said: “I am delighted that the Secretary of State has granted the DCO for a new energy recovery facility. This puts the authority in the best possible position to consider the scheme in the round and secures the best way of managing north London’s non-recyclable waste long term.”

Savings of £900 million over 27 years

The DCO for the new £500-million combined heat and power (CHP) facility was granted after two rounds of public consultation and an examination by a state-appointed Examining Authority on behalf of the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).

The examination began in February 2016 and concluded in August 2016. The examination included:

  • Visits to the proposed site by the Examining Authority
  • Issue specific hearings in which the Examining Authority questioned the NLWA and other parties about the application
  • Open hearings where those with registered relevant representations could air their views before the Examining Authority
  • Extensive written communication between the NLWA and the Examining Authority which facilitated access to further information and documentation in support of the application.

The NLWA decided to forge ahead with its plan to build a new energy recovery facility in Edmonton in 2013 after stopping its procurement process for new waste services and fuel contracts.

At the time it was estimated that the authority could save up to £900 million over 27 years by pursuing its own facility instead of tendering the contracts to private companies.

The Edmonton site will not only host the CHP but also a new materials recovery facility to separate recyclable materials from incoming waste, a new reuse and recycling centre where residents and businesses can bring their recycling and bulky items from 2021 onwards, and a visitors’ centre where people can find out more about recycling, waste, heat and power.

Community newsletters have been sent out to residents within a 1.5km radius of Edmonton EcoPark and more will be issued when more information is available about the Authority’s plans for the site.

You can find out more about the project by visiting the North London Heat and Power Project website.

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