Runcorn CHP

A British combined heat and power plant that runs on municipal waste has been switched on.

Recycling and waste management company Viridor has announced the opening of its Runcorn energy recovery CHP plant in Runcorn, Cheshire, which will use refuse-derived fuel (RDF) gleaned from non-recyclable waste.

The £452 million (US$752 million) plant is one of the largest and most efficient energy-from-waste plants in Europe, Viridor said.

The plant will generate up to 70 MW of electricity and 51 MW of heat, which will be used by local authorities, including the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, and businesses. It will also supply 20% of the neighbouring Ineos Compounds UK Ltd plastics facility’s energy needs.

Prior to its use as fuel, waste arriving at the plant by rail will be passed through a pre-treatment process to remove materials for recycling. When fully operational the plant will process up to 850,000 tonnes of RDF each year, Viridor said.