Thursday, November 19, 2015

News: Official opening of Rotherham waste facility

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The pioneering new waste treatment facility at Manvers in Rotherham has been officially opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe.

The development at Brookfield's Park is designed to create material suitable for recovery and recycling and includes Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facilities.

Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Councils secured £77m through the Private Finance Initiative for the scheme and Shanks Group plc, one of Europe's leading waste management businesses, joined in partnership with SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy plc) to progress the plans. Known as 3SE, the operators signed a 25 year contract worth in excess of £750m with the councils for the treatment of black bag waste.

Unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion, the Lord Lieutenant, said: "This project oozes professionalism and the level of leading edge technology is incredible. The close co-operation between BDR, Shanks and SSE has resulted in the creation of the largest Mechanical Biological Treatment plant Shanks have ever built, and something totally unique in the UK.

"It is a significant demonstration of what people working together in South Yorkshire can achieve, and it augurs well for the future of the Sheffield City Region in what is the most exciting period of economic regeneration in this area for many decades."

Constructed by Balfour Beatty, more than 40 new jobs have been created at the Dearne Valley operation.

Over the next 25 years, up to 250,000 tonnes of leftover waste a year from 340,000 households will be treated. Operators believe it could divert 98% of waste from landfill and will save 114,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

During processing, the waste is turned into recycled products, green energy, a nutrient-rich digestate and Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). Under the contract, SSE will take around half of the RDF produced at Manvers to generate low carbon electricity at its new multifuel facility (known as FM1) in Ferrybridge.

Peter Eglington, managing director of Shanks Waste Management Ltd, said: "We are delighted to celebrate the opening of this important facility which diverts up to 96.5% from landfill and makes a significant CO2 saving. We now look forward to continuing to work closely with our customer to make more from waste in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham."

Rhys Stanwix, director of thermal development at SSE, added: "SSE and our Joint Venture partner Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. have worked closely with Shanks since early in the development process of both the BDR waste treatment facility at Manvers, and the multi-fuel project at Ferrybridge."

BDR Waste Partnership website
Shanks plc website

Images: BDR Waste Partnership / Shanks

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