First Minister of Wales opens Energy Recovery Facility in Cardiff
25th June 2015
Viridor was pleased to welcome the Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales to formally open its Trident Park, Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Cardiff on Monday (22 June).
The £223 million facility is already helping 5 local authorities from the Prosiect Gwyrdd partnership and local businesses transform their non-recyclable waste into vital renewable energy to power Welsh homes and businesses every year.
The First Minister was joined by Viridor CEO and Pennon Group Director, Ian McAulay, and the Leader of City of Cardiff Council, Councillor Phil Bale, to unveil the plaque.
140 business and local authority guests took the opportunity to take a tour of the facility to see the leading-edge technology being deployed to use waste as fuel, producing enough electrical power for 50,000 homes.
Guests also got to visit and test drive the impressive new interactive ERF Education and Visitor Centre that is now open for bookings by school and community groups.
Ian McAulay, Viridor Chief Executive, said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the First Minister to our Energy Recovery Facility at Trident Park and enable so many guests to see how this vital social infrastructure operates. By working in long-term partnership with Prosiect Gwyrdd and the Welsh Government, we’re transforming what some see as ‘waste’ into vital renewable energy for Wales and extracting every ounce of value from what people throw away”.
The First Minister called the opening a “momentous occasion” for Cardiff and South East Wales as it provides further clear progress towards the Welsh Government’s waste and resources strategy, and offers local opportunities for even greater efficiency through district heating schemes which are being explored.
Bob Derbyshire Cabinet Member, Chair Prosiect Gwyrdd Joint Committee said “Trident Park ERF is delivering the best long term, environmental, sustainable and cost effective solution for waste after recycling and composting have been maximised. The development also delivers wider positive economic impact on the local community. At the peak of construction a workforce of over 600 was employed at the plant, 40% of which were local. Now in its operational phase, the plant supports 37 full time employees; 36 of which are from the local area. As well as saving our councils money, other benefits include a community fund of £50,000 per year for local projects in the 5 local authority areas.”
Any local schools or community groups wishing to visit the ERF can email. Cardiff@viridor.co.uk
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