Planning consent was granted by Flintshire County Council in May 2015. Natural Resources Wales granted the facility an environmental permit in October 2015.
Full construction work on the Wheelabrator Parc Adfer waste-to-energy facility commenced in December 2016 and the facility is expected to commence operations in 2019.
The site is located on the Deeside Enterprise Zone (DEZ) on the Deeside Industrial Park next to the Shotton Paper Mill. The DEZ is specifically allocated for employment use and is also identified as being suitable for a range of waste management uses, including energy recovery facilities such as Wheelabrator Parc Adfer.
Traffic and transport
Deeside has excellent road links, with convenient access to the North Wales Expressway, linking the facility to the M53, M56 and M6.
Post-recycled waste will be transported by road to Wheelabrator Parc Adfer from transfer stations serving the five communities across North Wales. The facility will also take direct deliveries of waste collected from homes and businesses in Flintshire and commercial deliveries from the wider region.