Viridor appoints contractors to build £252m ERF in Avonmouth

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Standing L-R: Stanislas Ancel, CNIM; Alan Cumming, Viridor; John Clugston, Clugston Group; Claude Boutin, CNIM; Richard Greenwood, Clugston Construction; Steve Radcliffe, Clugston Construction. Seated L-R: Phil Piddington, Viridor; Nicolas Dmitrieff, CNIM

Viridor has appointed CNIM and Clugston Construction to build a new £252 million energy recovery facility (ERF) on an industrial site in Avonmouth on the outskirts of Bristol.

Industrial engineering contractor CNIM has been commissioned to provide the established technology for the facility and Clugston has been appointed as the building and civils contractor. Construction is expected to start this summer.

The facility is anticipated to enable local authorities and business to transform 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste each year into renewable energy.

"As part of the transition Viridor recently signed a 25-year contract with Somerset County Council, brokered by Somerset Waste Partnership which will see about a third of the available capacity at Avonmouth being taken up, by diverting waste that is currently transported to three landfill sites," said Viridor’s managing director Phil Piddington.

Once operational in 2020, the new ERF at Avonmouth is designed to generate 34MW of low carbon energy supplying National Grid with enough electricity to power 44,000 homes.

Piddington said: “The development creates an exciting opportunity to support the South West community and Bristol’s progress towards creating a low carbon economy, following the city’s successful year as European Green Capital.”

Steve Radcliffe, managing director of Clugston Construction, added: We are continuing the long association we have with CNIM on what will be our eleventh joint energy recovery scheme. We are developing our mobilisation plans in preparation for commencing site activities later this summer. This will include meeting suppliers and the business community in the region to help us identify and source services locally wherever possible.”

According to Viridor, the new facility will become Viridor’s twelfth ERF and is the fourth to be developed with CNIM. The new-build project is part of a £1.5 billion investment by Viridor in the UK’s national social infrastructure.

The decision to proceed with the Avonmouth investment was made in November 2016 by Viridor’s parent company Pennon Group.


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