3NRG has advertised [1] sale of the Tythegston site because the project “requires significant funding- considerably more than we can raise at the current time” according to the Irish parent company FLI.

Max Wallis of South Wales WIN comments:

We note this waste incineration project has failed to win banking finance following the credit crunch, despite being much less costly and better technology than the old-style incinerators being proposed in south east Wales [3]. It’s another signal that public authorities should end their pursuit of large incinerators and maximise waste separation at source followed by low technology waste sorting and treatment.

FLI’s project was to build a £22Million autoclave to take black-bag municipal waste [3], yet the company has no experience of this technology. The autoclave system can output cleaned cans and hard plastics, good material for recycling, and fibrous organic-plastic mix which can be used for land reclamation. This contrasts with far more costly incinerators which output toxic ash with corroded metals.

The downside is the need for heat/steam input, which makes operation costly unless waste heat can be used from power plants like GE’s Baglan Bay or Centrica’s Barry Power Stations.

The Tythegston site is named by WAG as the “back up site to the MREC” [4], according to FLI, in case the NPT Council “Material Recovery and Energy Centre” in Crymlyn Burrows collapses [5].

Attempts at waste incineration on the Tythegston site have been on-going for 10 years, starting with Davies Bros. ‘gasification’ plant. This plant operated only intermittently and failed to meet emission standards.

Yet the same technology was proposed for the waste wood gasification/pyrolysis plant on Barry Dock by “Sunrise Renewables” [6], which gained approval of Vale of Glamorgan officers and the Welsh Assembly Government at last year’s inquiry.

NOTES

[1] advert in the Sunday Times 8 May 2011

[2] Prosiect Gwyrdd covering VoG, Cardiff, Bridgend, Newport and Monmouthshire invited bids for four variants of incinerator from Covanta-Merthyr, Viridor/Cardiff and Veolia/Newport and WRG/Barry. WRG recently pulled out.

[3] http://www.bridgend.gov.uk/web/groups/public/documents/services/018446.hcsp

[4] The Material Recovery and Energy Centre (MREC) Crymlyn Burrows takes the landfill black bag waste collected from the kerbside in Bridgend, but separation of recyclables is poor (at a few %). Incineration of the residue was closed down last year due to persistent exceedance of the dioxin limit.

[5] Swansea FoE have written up the history of the ill-fated Crymlyn Burrows MREC-incinerator plant: http://www.swanseafoe.org.uk/crymlyn-burrows-incinerator-part1.html plus http://www.swanseafoe.org.uk/crymlyn-burrows-incinerator-part2.html.

[6] UKWIN http://ukwin.org.uk/2010/07/15/excessive-subsidies-for-waste-wood-incineration/,

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