EFW: Waste PFI Project

“After nearly three years of construction and comprehensive testing to make sure everything works as it should, we are really proud to have delivered this project on time, on budget and with an excellent health and safety record.” – Paul Leighton, Plant Manager, SITA UK

The Aim: In order to reduce the amount of Suffolk’s waste that goes to landfill and the associated cost to council taxpayers, a 269,000 tonne PFI Energy from Waste (EfW) facility was to be constructed on Brownfield land at Great Blakenham in Suffolk. The facility would also include a visitor centre for community use, an onsite ash processing facility and a landscaped wildlife area.

The Scope: Our project management team were appointed to the role of client- side construction project manager to the EfW project team in November 2011. This role involved working with SITA’s construction team and enabled Suffolk County Council’s Waste Team to remain an ‘informed client’ in an area outside their expertise. Work started on site in January 2012 and the facility became fully operational in December 2014. With the ambition of creating a BREEAM excellence rated building, the project also appointed our building services team to produce a low and zero carbon feasibility report to support the project.

The Result(s): SITA UK opened the EfW plant on 2 December 2014. The 269,000 tonnes per year facility had been in commissioning since June and was connected to the grid in September.

The council must supply at least 170,000 tonnes of residual municipal waste per year to the plant. Part of this will be met via a deal with Norfolk County Council, which will provide 40,000 tonnes per year. The arrangement is expected to save both councils £1 million a year and was struck following the collapse of Norfolk’s own energy-from-waste project earlier in 2014.