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Work Starts On New Waste Treatment Facility

Published: Friday, 15th March 2013

Work starts on waste treatment

Work is underway on the main site of the new waste treatment facility at Bolton Road, Manvers.

Progress on the development, is successfully on course, despite the winter’s extreme weather conditions.

Representatives from the three BDR (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham) councils, who jointly commissioned the development, gathered on site. Councillors May Noble, Cabinet Support, Member for Development, Environment and Culture (Operational), Barnsley), Cynthia Ransome (Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member Communities, Street Scene, Environmental Protection and Waste and Recycling, Doncaster) and Richard Russell (Cabinet member for Waste and Emergency Planning, Rotherham), jointly broke ground for the first time, to mark this milestone of progress towards the new facility.

Joining them were representatives from Shanks Waste Management and SSE (formerly known as Scottish and Southern Energy), partners in the 3SE consortium contracted to deliver the new facility. Representatives included Jeremy Simpson, Shanks UK Finance Director; Nigel Catling, Shanks’ UK Capital Infrastructure Director; Paul Holmes, Shanks Business Development Director and Sandy Honeyman, SSE’s Head of Project Development.

Councillor Richard Russell, BDR Joint Waste Board Chair said he was delighted and very proud to be taking part in the ground-breaking. He added: “This is the end result of innovative partnership working between Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. “It is a massive milestone in this challenging project. Huge amounts of household waste from across the three boroughs will be diverted from landfill and turned into solid recovered fuel as well as guaranteed high levels of recycling.”

Nigel Catling, Shanks UK Capital Infrastructure Director said: “We are proud to be delivering on this project and delighted to have reached this important stage of the works. We look forward to maintaining the successful working relationship with our BDR partners throughout the duration of the project. “

Preparatory work began in September 2012 and 3SE’s contractors Birse have successfully forged ahead with work on the site access that required a road-bridge across the Hound Hill Dyke. This was necessary to allow vehicle access onto the main site, both for the construction and operational phases of the project.
The new access road surface is now dressed and completed. Other progress underway on site includes:-
• Installation of a perimeter fence and site cabins
• Work to turn and prepare the first two metres depth of soil on the main site

With the bridge complete, street lighting and power supplies on the main site will be connected. Over the next six months, the site foundations will be prepared ready for the building construction work to take place.
It may occasionally be necessary to use traffic signals on Bolton Road, to allow construction vehicle access, but every effort will be made to minimise disruption to local motorists.

The contract will see the delivery of a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility on the same site to maximise recycling opportunities. The facility will be built by 2015. Shanks will operate and maintain it over a 25-year period from 2015 until 2040. The Environment Agency operating permit for the facility is now confirmed.

The facility will treat up to 265,000 tonnes per year of leftover household and a small amount of commercial waste from the three councils. After treatment, nearly half of this waste will end up as a solid recovered fuel (SRF). This SRF will be used to generate electricity at a new multifuel plant currently under construction next to the existing SSE Ferrybridge Power Station. When the facility at Bolton Road is operational it will lead to a saving equivalent to 114,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Shanks is one of Europe’s leading waste management businesses. It is an international group with local experience and a practical approach to making more from waste.
With over 4,000 employees Shanks has operations in Belgium, Canada, Netherlands and the UK and provides a range of recycling and energy recovery solutions and technologies to customers in the public and private sectors.
SSE is one the UK’s largest generators of electricity with over 13,000 MW of generation capacity in total (UK and Ireland) from the most diverse portfolio of power stations. It is the leading generator of electricity from renewable resources with a total generation capacity of 3,200MW.

More information from Carmel O’Toole 07838 368813, or Eileen Brooks, 07944 839904.