Covanta has partnered with water and waste firm Veolia to develop a waste-to-energy facility in the United Kingdom. The facility, the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility will have the capacity to process up to 480,000 metric tons of municipal, commercial and industrial residual waste and to generate more than 50 MW of energy.
The facility received planning approval in 2013. The two companies plan to jointly own the facility and obtain financing for the project, with Veolia providing the waste and Covanta operating the facility.
According to a press release:
“We are pleased to have found a partner in Veolia that will help us develop this important growth project. The facility will provide a vital outlet for the sustainable disposal of residual waste and deliver clean, renewable power to the grid. It will also be designed to export steam to support a local district heating system or additional economic development projects,” said Matthew Mulcahy, Covanta Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development.
Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President Veolia UK & Ireland added, “This project will contribute to increased landfill diversion and will help the UK meet its carbon reduction commitments. The scheme will also create direct employment and boost the local supply chain as well as helping meet our future energy needs.”