Refuse-fired power plant proposed for Thames site

Renewable energy resource company Energy Power Resources plans to build a 66MW waste-to-energy plant on the River Thames at Belvedere, Kent. The company applied last month for planning consent for the project, which is expected to cost well over £100m. Energy Power Resources is already building a straw-burning plant at Ely near Cambridge and one […]

Renewable energy resource company Energy Power Resources plans to build a 66MW waste-to-energy plant on the River Thames at Belvedere, Kent.

The company applied last month for planning consent for the project, which is expected to cost well over £100m.

Energy Power Resources is already building a straw-burning plant at Ely near Cambridge and one fired by chicken litter at Fife in Scotland, for a total cost of £82m.

The Belvedere project is designed to process 585,000 tonnes of domestic refuse a year. This represents about 14% of the total generated in Greater London.

The plant will also recycle about 24,000 tonnes of ferrous metals and a smaller amount of non-ferrous metals from the `bottom ash’ or slag in the burner, using magnetic extraction and eddy current separation techniques respectively.

Malcolm Chilton, EPR’s commercial director, said this meant the plant would produce very little waste: `We will only throw away about 6% by weight from what comes in.’