Viridor maintains energy output but promises 300MW total


A total of 136MW of energy is produced by waste management company Viridor, according to its most recent annual results.

This is the same as reported last year. However, it intends to increase this to over 300MW in four years’ time.


Around a further 115MW of electricity plus heat is committed but not operational at present.

In the annual results of Viridor’s parent company Pennon Group, it reported that landfill gas output increased by a further 2 per cent to 576 gigawatt hours and is approaching its peak.

As well as 107MW of landfill gas capacity, Viridor has a further 29MW of renewable energy capacity across its share of the Lakeside EfW, the Bolton EfW and the Greater Manchester anaerobic digestion operations.

In terms of upcoming capacity, both phases of the 750,000 tonne, 120MW Runcorn/Ineos Chlor EfW/CHP plant are under construction with the first phase due for completion by March 2013 and the second phase by 2014/15.

Construction has commenced at the 60,000 tonne, 3MW Exeter EfW plant, while in November 2011, the Notice to Proceed was issued for the 300,000 tonne, 24MW EfW plant at Ardley, near Oxford.

The engineering procurement and construction contract has been signed for the 350,000 tonne, 28MW EfW plant at Trident Park, Cardiff with construction due to begin late this year or in early 2013.

In April 2011, a planning appeal was successful with costs awarded for a 350,000 tonne, 28MW EfW at Avonmouth.

Planning was successful for a 300m000 tonne 40MW EfW/CHP plant at Dunbar near Edinburgh and construction has begun on an AD plant at Walpole in Somerset.