DEFRA misses new technologies target

The Environment Department (DEFRA) admits it will miss targets to have five plants showcasing new waste treatment technologies by the end of 2005 and another five by the end of 2006 (ENDS Report 349, pp 18-19 ).

The initial seven preferred bidders were announced last year (ENDS Report 356, pp 16-17 ). Three have since pulled out - Viridor's pyrolysis/gasification plant in Exeter, WasteGen's pyrolysis facility in Northamptonshire and Fairport Engineering's "mechanical and heat treatment process" in Lancashire. DEFRA hopes to have three of the others running by March.

The second set of bidders was chosen in June, although details only emerged in November in response to a parliamentary question tabled by Bill Wiggin MP.

All are subject to due diligence, planning and permitting requirements:

  • Bioganix: In-vessel composting plant with "innovative" front-end processing at its Leominster site in Herefordshire.

  • Compact Power: Gasification plant at its site in Avonmouth, Bristol.

  • Energos: Gasification plant on the Isle of Wight.

  • Novera Energy: 30,000 tonnes per year gasification plant near Frog Island in east London. The company hopes to supply electricity to Ford's nearby plant at Dagenham.

  • Yorwaste: Gasification plant at Seamer near Scarborough.

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