UK Waste to Power: Viridor opened new plant in Peterborough

2016-03-22 / /Lennart Ljungblom

UK Waste to Power: Viridor opened new plant in Peterborough

On Wednesday (16 March)  Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility, the latest ERF (Energy Recovery Facility) to be delivered by Viridor, was opened. The ERF enables the City of Peterborough to divert 85,000 tonnes of residual (black bag) waste from landfill each year, recovering vital energy. The plant has a generating capacity of 7.25 megawatts (enough to power 15,000 homes) and is located on Fengate industrial estate. EPC contractors was a consortium of Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) Vølund and Interserve Construction

The state-of-the-art plant is one of the most efficient in the UK and will reduce the amount of carbon the city produces by 10,000 tonnes per year, making a significant contribution to a more sustainable Peterborough.

Dan Cooke, Director of External Affairs for Viridor said: “I am pleased to see Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility delivered on time and on budget for our client.

Construction work started in the summer of 2013 and the facility was completed in December 2015. During the construction period alone over £9.8m was spent in the immediate vicinity of the facility, and local supply chain opportunities will continue during the operational life of the facility.

Cllr John Holdich commented on behalf Peterborough City Council: “It is fantastic to officially open Peterborough ERF today. The plant is a real asset, enabling the City of Peterborough to realise a zero to landfill solution for the coming decades, along with generating revenue through the sale of electricity generated by the facility delivering value for money for our residents. This positions the City strongly with the aspiration of becoming the UK’s Environment Capital. By leading the project the council will be able to benefit by saving £1m a year over the 30 years of the contract.”


The plant was supplied as an EPC contractor by a consortium of Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) Vølund, including its subsidiary Götaverken Miljö and Interserve Construction. The project started in 2013.

Götaverken Miljö supplied the plant’s flue gas treatment system, while Interserve Construction built the facility itself.


Stuart Sim, Viridor. Gavin Elsey, Councillor Peterborough. Jan Kristoffersen, B&W Vølund celebrating when the grate was installed.


Viridor operates over 320 facilities across the UK. Gone is the traditional ‘waste’ collection and disposal company. To achieve our purpose we have established two distinct business units, Recycling and Resources and Energy.  Pennon Group Plc  (LSE: PNN)  is the parent company of South West Water Limited and Viridor Limited. The Group has total assets of around £5.0 billion and a workforce of around 4,500 people.

2016-03-22 / /Lennart Ljungblom