Viridor, alongside partners INEOS ChlorVinyls, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), and Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Ltd (VLGM), is pleased to confirm that the Environment Agency this week (17 May 2011) issued the Environmental Permit for the Runcorn Combined Heat and Power Plant.
Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) will be used by major chemicals producer INEOS ChlorVinyls to provide energy for its neighbouring chlorine production plant at Runcorn, Cheshire. The fuel will feed a new Combined Heat and Power plant which will produce electricity and steam to replace energy currently generated from non-renewable sources
Phase One of the facility is being developed by a joint venture of INEOS, Viridor and Viridor Laing. It will act as the final destination for 275,000 tonnes a year of SRF delivered under the GMWDA household waste contract. Phase Two is being developed solely by Viridor and will accept waste from other commercial contracts. Construction of the facility by Keppel Seghers is currently underway.
Viridor Operations Director, Mark Burrows Smith, said: “Viridor is very pleased to reach this milestone. The Environmental Permit, which will be strictly regulated by the Environment Agency, provides assurance that the plant will operate safely and efficiently. In the six years since this project began, we have been working very closely with the GMWDA, INEOS ChlorVinyls and VLGM, and these close working relationships have helped to ensure the success of the project thus far. We now look forward to the first stage of the project reaching completion in 2013.”