Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility (ERF)
The 85,000 tonnes per annum Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) was officially opened in March 2016, close to the Peterborough Power Station in Fengate. The ERF enables the city of Peterborough to divert 85,000 tonnes of residual waste from landfill each year, for 30 years, recovering vital energy, and offering the city another important step towards a decentralised energy network, with a generating volume of 58 GWh (enough to power 16,000 homes).
The state-of-the-art plant is one of the most efficient in the UK and reduces the amount of carbon the city produces by 10,000 tonnes per year, making a significant contribution to a more sustainable Peterborough.
Construction work started in the summer of 2013 and the facility was completed in December 2015. During the construction period alone over £9.8m was spent in the immediate vicinity of the facility, and local supply chain opportunities will continue during the operational life of the facility.
During the facility’s operational life, the partnership between Peterborough City Council and Viridor sees the revenue produced from the treatment of residual waste being delivered to Viridor, with the income generated through the sale of the electricity reverting back to Peterborough City Council.
The ERF has been shortlisted for a number of awards including being runner up at the Public Sector Sustainability Awards.