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Indaver steps into Rivenhall EfW project

By 29/10/2018News

Pan-European waste business, Indaver, is taking a further stride into the UK market with an agreement on the development of the proposed Rivenhall waste treatment facility in Essex.

The agreement with developers Gent Fairhead & Co Limited, means that both companies will work together on the final developmental stages of the Integrated Waste Management Facility.

Above: A map showing the site for the proposed Rivenhall facility (outlined in red)


The development in Essex will be the first in England for Indaver, which notes that it operates facilities in more than 30 European locations.

In terms of the UK, Indaver is currently involved in a project to develop a £250 million waste incinerator in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, on behalf of Arc21. However, the development is facing delays in approval (see story).

The company also has planning permission for an incinerator in Cork, Ireland at Ringaskiddy.

Indaver is understood to have links with other waste management companies which operate in the UK. Suez Environmental previously held shares in the company which were taken over by DELRA nv in 2008, and since then it has gained a new sole shareholder, port and logistics firm Katoen Natie.

Suez and Indaver have also partnered on SLECO in the Netherlands, which processes non-recoverable wastes and sludge.


Using its experience from over 30 years in the sector, Indaver said it will work alongside Gent Fairhead in finalising the detailed design, planning and permitting of the Essex facility.

Once the necessary permits are finalised, construction is planned to commence in summer 2019.

The Rivenhall facility, set to be built in the footprint of a quarry on a former airfield, will produce renewable electricity and divert waste from landfill and provide an alternative to the export of waste. The facility will also provide employment opportunities in construction and operation.

By incorporating a 49 MW energy from waste facility, the proposed Rivenhall development will supply enough electricity to power over 60,000 homes, the company reports.

Gent Fairhead owns the Rivenhall Airfield site and has received planning permission from Essex County council and a permit to operate from the Environment Agency. Final modifications are currently being sought.


Last week, reported that the company had applied to vary its environmental permit for the facility, to use advanced emission technologies and a lower chimney height (see story).

Indaver operates waste recovery and treatment facilities at more than 30 locations in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy and Portugal, and reports to manage more than 5 million tonnes of waste each year. As well as energy from waste, the company is involved in recycling work and employs more than 1,700 people across Europe.

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Source: Waste Managment