[box]January 2020 Derby MSW Gasification Project Update: With the Gasification Plant still unable to pass the requirements for an operating certificate to be granted, and no resolution in sight contract termination has been carried out. The unfortunate story unfolds in our added section below the original article reproduced here.[/box]
[box]Autumn 2018 Update: Nearly 10 years on from our first article here, about the proposed Derby MSW Gasification Facility, it is still not built. Currently the project is delayed thought to be partly due to the insolvency of Energos in July 2016.[/box]
Energos Appointed Preferred Bidder to Derby Gasification Project
Press Release 26-01-2009:
Gasification specialists Energos have been appointed to provide the technology for a multi-million pound waste treatment facility being built in Derby.
The company, which is part of Manchester-based renewable energy firm ENER-G, will help to develop a 140,000 tonne-a-year gasification facility on Sinfin Lane in Derby on behalf of a joint venture between United Utilities and services firm Interserve.
An artist's impression of the Sinfin Lane facility that will use Energos' gasification technology
United Utilities and Interserve were confirmed on January 13 as preferred bidder for a 27-year deal, beginning in 2010, to design, build and operate a facility to process both Derbyshire county council and Derby city council's residual household waste.
Energos' appointment means the plant will use their patented version of the advanced thermal treatment process to convert the waste into a gas, which will then be used to produce 8MW of electricity for export to the National Grid.
Energos' process has already been installed in a plant on the Isle of Wight which opened last year (see letsrecycle.com story) and, in July 2008, the company submitted a planning proposal to build an 80,000 tonne-a-year capacity facility at Knowsley, on Merseyside (see letsrecycle.com story).
The Derby project's joint venture project director, Blair Marriott, said: “We are pleased to be working with Energos which offers a world class, low emission technology and a proven reputation for excellence.
“Our proposed state-of-the-art waste management facility points the way forward for UK municipal solid waste management and is a viable and environmentally friendly alternative to landfill and incineration,” he added.
Energos' managing director, Nick Dawber, described the facility as “a community-sized solution to responsibly dealing with local waste.”
United Utilities and Interserve were announced as preferred bidder for the Derbyshire contract in December 2008, winning a lengthy head-to-head contest with Spanish-owned Waste Recycling Group (WRG) (see letsrecycle.com story).
The deal represents United Utilities first major contract success in the waste sector, though it is one of four shortlisted bidders for the Cheshire PFI contract (see letsrecycle.com story), and is also part of the consortium the ‘Resource from Waste Alliance' which is the running for the Merseyside PFI waste deal (see letsrecycle.com story).
More on the Derby Gasification Project:
End of the line’ for RRS Derbyshire contract
July 2019: The £900 million waste management contract between Derbyshire and Derby councils and Resource Recovery Solutions (RRS) has been brought to an early end due to delays in completion of the Sinfin gasification plant.
The contract with Resource Recovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Ltd – a partnership between infrastructure firm Interserve and waste management company Renewi – was signed in 2009, but reached financial close in 2014.
It included managing Derby’s recycling centres, providing five transfer stations and building and running the 190, 000 tonnes-per-year gasification plant in Sinfin, Derby.
The county and city councils issued a statement on Friday, August 2, stating that the contract – due to run until 2042 – has now ended and the facility “will temporarily cease to accept waste”.
However, the councils said that they still intend to use the gasification facility for the treatment of the region’s waste as this represents the ‘best value for money’ for both authorities. via LetsRecycle
Renewi prepared to quit ‘failed’ Derby gasification plant
UK: Company confirms a €64m write-off of its investment in the facility, but tells ENDS it still hopes to commission the plant. via EndsWaste&Biology
Banks call halt to troubled Derby gasification project
Renewi and Interserve’s plant to be handed over to new operator. via MRW
Derbyshire County Council
“We gave RRS every opportunity to get the waste treatment centre up-and-running.
“The fact that the plant has still not passed certified performance tests is clearly of enormous concern to us and the project’s funders have been unable to come up with a solution that everyone is satisfied with.”
Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby City Council, added:
“It’s clear to us that the contract with RRS has reached the end of the line so we’re not disputing this notice which formally ends the contract as of today. But this does not mean the end of the project.
“Though it’s disappointing to have ended up in this position, we’ve been preparing for the possibility of the contract coming to an end for some time now.