Viridor handed back operations of £252m Avonmouth energy recovery facility site
Contractors have handed Viridor back operations of its £252million Avonmouth energy facility, the recycling and waste management business has announced. Industrial engineering firm CNIM officially gave back possession of the site, near Bristol, in December, after building was able to continue throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
The plant is designed to divert 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste away from landfill and generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 84,000 homes. It first exported electricity to the grid in July.
The facility is part of Viridor’s wider resource recovery centre in Avonmouth. It will supply heat and power to a £65million plastic reprocessing plant, currently under construction.
Viridor agreed a five-year contract in November with Unilever, which will see the household goods giant receive and use a range of recycled plastic.
Viridor’s chief executive, Kevin Bradshaw, welcomed the handover as another significant achievement in the site’s development. Mr Bradshaw said: “The addition of another energy recovery facility to the Viridor fleet diverting non-recyclable waste from landfill across the UK is, of course, cause for celebration.
“Optimising resource and energy efficiency and providing the infrastructure investment needed to make a meaningful contribution to the UK’s green economy continues to be the driving force of our business strategy. “We will continue to seek opportunities to replicate the use of the ERFs as the combined heat and power plants that they were designed to be, supporting recycling and circular economy initiatives.”