Keppel Seghers delivers second phase of waste-to-energy plant to UK client

SINGAPORE - Keppel Seghers Belgium and Keppel Seghers UK have handed over Phase Two of the Runcorn Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility, in Britain, to the client.

Runcorn EfW comprises two phases of equal capacity. Phase One is owned by Ineos Runcorn (TPS) (TPSCo), a joint venture between Ineos, Viridor and John Laing.

Phase Two is owned by Viridor EfW (Runcorn), a special purpose vehicle owned by Viridor Waste Management.

The Keppel Infrastructure units handed over Phase Two to the client last month after successfully completing a 30-day reliability test. In January, Phase One was completed and was handed over. Both phases are operated by Viridor.

The combined first and second phases are able to process up to 850,000 tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF) per annum, converting it into renewable energy comprising approximately 80 MW of electricity and 52 MW of thermal energy in the form of steam. The plant supplies the neighbouring INEOS chemicals manufacturing facility with green energy, reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

Mr Tan Boon Leng, executive director (waste-to-energy) of Keppel Infrastructure, the parent company of Keppel Seghers, said: "We are happy to see the realisation of this landmark project as it confirms once again Keppel Seghers' position in the market for its capability in delivering one of the most energy-efficient and world class Energy-from-Waste facilities."

Mr Phil Piddington, chief operating officer of Viridor's energy division, said the company was pleased to have taken over as the sole operator of the flagship North West energy recovery facility.

Servicing the north west region, Runcorn EfW will provide a waste solution for businesses and local authorities, including helping to achieve Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority's target of 75 per cent landfill diversion.