DEESIDE, WALES – 23 December 2019 – Wheelabrator Parc Adfer – a new waste-to-energy facility at Deeside in North Wales – entered full commercial operation on Friday (20 December) following a successful commissioning phase throughout 2019.
Wheelabrator Technologies was appointed in 2014 to build and operate the facility over a 25-year period in a public-private partnership (PPP) with support from the Welsh Government to serve the five local authorities that make up the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Partnership. These are Conwy County Borough Council, Denbighshire County Council, Flintshire County Council, Gwynedd Council and the Isle of Anglesey County Council.
Now complete, Wheelabrator Parc Adfer will operate as a combined heat and power enabled facility capable of generating 19 MW (gross) / 17 MW (net) of electricity to meet the needs of over 30,000 UK homes and businesses. The facility will process up to 200,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste– including municipal and commercial waste – from across the five North Wales counties. Over its three-year construction period Parc Adfer has created more than 500 jobs, 37 new full-time operational roles and benefitted the local economy by over £9.5 million.
Parc Adfer will play a major role in reducing waste sent to landfill across North Wales, reducing carbon emissions, making better use of non-recyclable material through the energy recovery process as well as supporting recycling levels of the Authorities. The facility will make a significant contribution to the Welsh Government’s overarching Waste Strategy and will play a key role in supporting the needs of sustainable waste management in the UK, providing an important source of baseload renewable energy which is crucial in ensuring security of electricity supply.
Bill Roberts, Chief Operating Officer at Wheelabrator UK said: “Friday marked a milestone for Wheelabrator Technologies and the team at Wheelabrator Parc Adfer; achieving commercial operations on site is a major success for everyone involved. Wheelabrator Parc Adfer will play an important role in securing future baseload electricity supply, reducing carbon emissions and improving sustainable waste management for the local area in North Wales.”
“I’d like to thank the whole team, Flintshire County Council and the partner authorities, Welsh Government and the wider community for their dedication and support throughout construction and look forward to operating this fantastic facility safely and efficiently for many years to come.”
Commercial operation marks the end of commissioning activities carried out during 2019, which involved rigorous testing the new waste-to-energy facility’s capabilities by EPC contractor CNIM. Next year, a visitors’ centre will open – allowing people to learn more about Wheelabrator Parc Adfer and its role in the waste hierarchy.
About Wheelabrator UK
Wheelabrator Technologies is the fourth largest UK waste to energy business and is an industry leader in the conversion of everyday residential and business waste into renewable energy. Wheelabrator currently has a platform of four (one under construction) strategically located assets across the UK. Wheelabrator has been developing, building, owning and operating energy-from-waste facilities for over 45 years. Wheelabrator also recovers metals for recycling into commercial products and recycling of bottom ash for re-use as construction aggregates. Wheelabrator UK currently has an annual waste processing capacity of over 2.1 million tonnes and a total combined electric generating capacity of 245 megawatts—enough energy to power more than 500,000 UK homes. The company’s vision to develop, deliver and realise the potential of clean energy speaks to Wheelabrator’s ongoing commitment to the development of clean and renewable energy solutions for its customers and local communities. Wheelabrator remains committed to investing and building new long-term energy-from-waste facilities that divert residential and business waste from landfill and produce renewable baseload energy. Wheelabrator is owned by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, a business within the Macquarie Asset Management division of Macquarie Group and a global alternative asset manager focused on real estate, infrastructure, agriculture and energy assets. For more on Wheelabrator, please visit www.wtienergy.co.uk.
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