Municipal Solid Waste, Biomass / Organic not specified, Food, Ash
First batch of mobile plant equipment delivered on-site.
Installation of waste sorting equipment nearing completion.
Work started on installing the mechanical treatment equipment.
Work in progress on AD plant insulation and cladding.
Boilers in position; 70 metre-high steel stack in place.
Emerson to provide control systems and project services.
Edina awarded contract to supply and install two CHP engines.
Construction in progress.
Power purchase agreement signed with GDF SUEZ Energy UK.
GIB and EIB to invest £183 million in the project.
Construction scheduled to start in December 2014.
North Yorkshire CC approves 25-year contract with Amey Cespa.
Councils drop legal challenge to Defra withdrawal of PFI credits.
Judicial Review upholds North Yorkshire county council’s decision to award planning permission.
Opposition groups seek judicial review.
The Environment Agency has issued an environmental permit.
Construction of a >250,000 tonne capacity WtE facility.
On 6th March 2018, AmeyCespa announced that the Allerton Waste Recovery Park is now fully operational following a three-year construction programme. The facility formally moved into its 25-year operational phase on 1st March following a period of rigorous independent commissioning and testing.
AmeyCespa signed a contract to design, construct and operate the state-of-the-art integrated waste management facility near Knaresborough in November 2014 under a 25-year contract with North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council. The original planning application for the waste-to-energy (WtE) facility was approved back in October 2012. The project was expected to cost £319 million. The Environment Agency issued an environmental permit for the project in July 2013.
In separate announcements, also in November 2014, the Green Investment Bank (GIB) reported a £33 million investment in the project and the European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed to provide a further £150 million. Additional financing was also provided by Nord LB, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Siemens Bank and KfW-IPEX. This was the first joint investment between GIB and EIB.
Residual household waste received at Allerton Park will first be mechanically sorted. An estimated 40,000 tonnes of food and organic waste will then be anaerobically digested to recover energy in the form of biogas. An estimated 20,000 tonnes of materials from black bag waste will be recycled. The remainder, about 320,000 tonnes per year, will be incinerated in two lines, each with a capacity of 20 tonnes per hour, to generate 25 MW of electricity for export to the grid. Anaerobic digestion and WtE will together generate around 218 GWh of electricity per year. The plant will thus be able to provide power from renewables for some 40,000 households located near the site.
Facilities at the site include:
A mechanical treatment facility, which will extract recyclable materials left in household waste;
An anaerobic digester to generate energy from food and other biodegradable waste;
Two incineration lines generating 28.5 MW of electricity;
A recovery facility to create construction materials - every year, the facility will generate around 74,000 tonnes of ash which will be turned into construction-related materials for use on highways and infrastructure projects.
The majority of waste will be generated by households and some from local businesses such as shops and restaurants.
A two-day Judicial Review was held on 30th and 31st July 2013 at which the judge upheld North Yorkshire county council’s decision to award planning permission for the proposed facility. Marton-cum-Grafton Parish Council, supported by the North Yorkshire Waste Action Group (NYWAG), had applied for the judicial review into the county council’s decision.
In 2013, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) withdrew £65 million in PFI credits for the scheme, a decision which North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council had intended to challenge. However, in January 2014, the two councils dropped their challenge in the public interest.
On 8th January 2015, VINCI Environment UK, a 50/50 subsidiary of VINCI Construction UK and VINCI Environnement, announced that it had won a contract from AmeyCespa to build the Allerton facility. The design-build contract covered the energy from waste unit and related buildings. Taylor Woodrow, the civil engineering division of VINCI Construction UK, handled overall site development and civil engineering for the buildings. VINCI Environnement was responsible for designing and commissioning the processes.
In February 2015, AmeyCespa signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with GDF SUEZ Energy UK for the purchase of all of the electricity generated by the facility - up to 208 GWh of electricity annually.
On 12th January 2016, Edina announced that it had been awarded the contract to supply and install two biogas combined heat and power (CHP) engines, manufactured by MWM, at the facility. The contract included a 1.2 MW TCG 2020 V12 engine and a 600 kW TCG 2016 V12 engine.
On 9th May 2016, Emerson announced that it would provide control systems and project services for the facility. Emerson’s project services team worked with VINCI Environment UK personnel to provide the plant’s automation design, installation, commissioning, start-up and on-site operator training. Emerson’s Ovation distributed control system will monitor and control the plant’s boiler, flue gas treatment and balance-of-plant processes and equipment.
A company spokesperson told AcuComm that following completion of pre-construction works, construction of the facility began on 5th January 2015 and an official groundbreaking ceremony took place on 2nd March 2015.
In September 2016, Amey and Taylor Woodrow announced major project milestones. A 170 tonne section of the park’s second boiler has been installed, enabling the team to install all of the remaining sections of the boiler, which when complete will weigh around 480 tonnes each. With both boilers in position, the team is able to close the roof above the building so that the more sensitive trades can commence on-site in preparation for commissioning of the plant to start in 2017. A 70 metre-high steel stack is now also in place following a two-week installation programme. The stack is 4 metres in diameter and houses two flues for each boiler line and weighs approximately 136 tonnes. The sections were constructed by a specialist manufacturer in Denmark prior to being transported to the site and craned into place.
In October 2016, with the structure of the AD plant completed, work started on the insulation and cladding.
In December 2016, work started on installing the mechanical treatment equipment.
In January 2017, with much of the structure complete, work continued on internal installations and the laying of a living roof to the rear of the facility.
In April 2017, Amey revealed that the installation of the waste sorting equipment in the mechanical treatment hall was nearing completion, including the four (10mm - 70mm) trommels.
In June 2017, Amey reported that the first batch of mobile plant equipment was delivered on-site.