enfinium today reached financial close on a new 410,000 tonnes per annum waste-to-energy facility in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
enfinium Skelton Grange is a combined heat and power facility which will process 410,000 tonnes of residual (post-recycled) waste to generate 49MW (gross) of partially renewable, baseload electricity to power the needs of more than 100,000 U.K. homes. enfinium Skelton Grange will create more than 400 jobs during construction and over 45 full-time jobs, once operational, bringing significant economic benefit and investment to the local area.
“Today marks a significant milestone for the project and a huge step forward to providing capacity for the safe and reliable treatment of waste that cannot be reduced, reused or recycled in the U.K. I’m incredibly proud of our team and our partners who have worked tirelessly and safely throughout coronavirus to make a difference today to deliver a cleaner tomorrow. We are excited to welcome our fifth facility to our fleet and look forward to working with HZI to commence construction this month,” said Chief Executive Officer Julia Watsford.
Progress to reach financial close follows planning permission by Leeds City Council in March 2020 and the award of an Environmental Permit by the Environment Agency in December 2020. In January, enfinium Skelton Grange signed two long-term waste supply contracts for over 50% of the facility’s annual capacity with SUEZ and Beauparc. Further long-term waste supply contracts were signed with Biffa and B&M Waste in June 2021.
HZI has been named the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the delivery of enfinium Skelton Grange. enfinium has a long and successful partnership with HZI, following the successful construction of nearby waste-to-energy facilities, enfinium Ferrybridge 1 and 2 at Knottingley, West Yorkshire.
enfinium is the largest pure play waste-to-energy business in the U.K. and is a developer, owner and operator of seven strategically located waste-to-energy facilities in operation or advanced development. enfinium is an integral part of the U.K.’s environmental infrastructure, diverting waste that cannot be reduced, reused or recycled from landfills and export, and providing residents and businesses with local, sustainable waste treatment solutions, converting residual waste into heat and partially renewable power. enfinium continues to progress its other two advanced combined heat and power facilities, including 400,000 tonne per annum Kelvin in West Bromwich and 390,000 tonne per annum Kemsley North in Kent.
“We remain fully committed to supporting and investing in the green recovery in the U.K. and developing regional combined heat and power waste-to-energy capacity – with our team now turning our full attention to reaching financial close on enfinium Kelvin later this year. We look forward to continuing to power green communities and the circular economy,” Julia Watsford said.