about the project

about the project
 
 


project overview

UK-based company MVV Environment Ltd plans to develop a new energy from waste combined heat and power facility generating electricity and steam on land at Algores Way, Wisbech. 

If successful, a new company, to be called ‘MVV Environment Medworth,’ will be looking to employ local people to help build, operate and maintain the facility.

The proposed energy from waste combined heat and power facility will divert over half a million tonnes of non-recyclable waste from landfill every year, generating over 50 megawatts of electricity and offering the opportunity to supply steam to local factories. 

The development includes not just the energy from waste facility but also the connections to the electricity grid and industrial heat users, and some modifications to the road network.  Further details on the development, and how its environmental impacts will be assessed, can be found in the FAQs section.

The total investment will be over £300 million, and it is anticipated that construction will take around three years, during this time employing up to 700 people.

DIVERTS OVER HALF A
MILLION TONNES
OF NON- RECYCLABLE
WASTE FROM LANDFILL


Millions of tonnes from landfill

Generating 50 Megawatts of power
 

GENERATES OVER
50 MEGAWATTS
OF ELECTRICITY ENOUGH
TO POWER 74,000 HOMES

where is it going to be?

where is it going to be?
what is Energy from Waste?
 
Energy from Waste (or EfW) is the generation of partly renewable electricity and/or usable heat from non-recyclable waste that would otherwise go to landfill in the UK, or to other countries as 'Refuse Derived Fuel'.

Like any power facility, the heat from the burning waste is used to boil water and generate steam which turns a turbine to drive a generator. Efficiencies can be increased if some of the steam can be used for heating e.g. industrial processes such as cooking food.read more

Medworth Energy from Waste CHP Facility aims to -
 
  • Recover useful, sustainable, energy from residual municipal waste
  • Divert around half a million tonnes of non-recyclable waste per annum from landfill, depending on waste composition
  • Generate over 50 MW of electricity
  • Generate up to 30 MW of usable steam heat
  • Supply electricity and heat to local industrial customers
  • Export surplus electricity to the national grid

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what will it look like?

what will it look like?
what is the need for this project?
 
Non-recyclable waste from the East of England region currently contributes to the UK’s circa 3 million tonnes per year of waste that is exported to continental Europe, where it is used as fuel in Energy from Waste facilities.

MVV look to bring their expertise to the area and create a new business for Wisbech to avoid transporting the waste overseas and to generate decentralised, and in part, renewable energy for local businesses. Currently too much waste still goes to landfill.

  • Landfill is not sustainable and wastes energy resources in the waste
  • Provision of useful energy displaces fossil fuels
  • Efficient EfW competes against landfill, not recycling
  • We need to follow the waste hierarchy
the waste hierarchy
1. Reduce the amount of waste we create
2. Reuse as much as possible
3. Recycle more
4. Recover energy
5. Residues to landfill
Benefits of the project

what are the benefits of the project?

over £300 million investment
up to 700 jobs during construction
positive economic benefits during construction
approx. 40 full time equivalent skilled jobs during operation
further jobs through local goods and services
lower cost energy provision to major local industries
attracts further quality development via supply of sustainable electricity and heat

who are MVV?

  • MVV UK is part of the MVV Energie AG group
  • Approx. 6,000 employees
  • 3.9 billion € turnover
  • MVV’s history
    1873 - City of Mannheim takes over the gasworks
    1923 - First Mannheim power plant operated by MVV
    1964 - First CHP power plant fuelled by waste
    1999 - Privatisation to MVV Energie AG
    2008 - Expansion into the UK
  • 50.1% owned by the local authority - Mannheim City Council

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MVV

our experience with Energy from Waste

On the map graphic there are coloured spots that represent each of our energy from waste facilities.

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Dundee Lines 1 and 2
Dundee Line 3
Flörsheim-Wicker Biomass
Gersthofen
Königs Wusterhausen Biomass
Korbach
Leuna
Liberec
Mannheim
Mannheim Biomass
Offenbach
Plymouth
Ridham Dock Biomass
Dundee Lines 1 and 2
Dundee Lines 1 and 2

Launch of operations - Lines 1 and 2, 1999
Waste types - Municipal waste and commercial and industrial waste
Firing - Fluidised bed
Number of boilers - 2
Throughput - 10 T/h

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Dundee Line 3
Dundee Line 3
153,000 tpa

Launch of operations - Due 2020
Waste types - Municipal waste and commercial and industrial waste
Firing - Forward feed grate
Number of boilers - 1
Waste bunker - Reception bunker (750 m3) plus storage bunker (4,200 m3)
Annual throughput - Up to 153,000 tpa
Design calorific value - 10,500 kJ/kg
Live steam production - 49.1 T/h
Electricity production - 10 MW

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Flörsheim-Wicker Biomass
Flörsheim-Wicker Biomass
110,000 tpa

Launch of operations - 2003
Timber types - AI – All timbers
Firing - Travelling grate with spreader-suspension firing
Storage capacity - Approx. 450 tpa
Annual throughput - 110,000 tpa
Reported calorific value - 15,400 kJ/kg
Electricity production - 115,000 MWh/a

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Gersthofen
Gersthofen
90,000 tpa

Launch of operations - 2009
Waste types - Refuse derived fuel
Firing - Grate firing
Number of boilers - 1
Waste bunker - 3,000 m³
Annual throughput - 90,000 tpa
Design calorific value
Live steam production - 40 T/h
Electricity production - 30,000 MWh/a
Steam export - 320,000 tpa

Königs Wusterhausen Biomass
Königs Wusterhausen Biomass
120,000 tpa

Launch of operations - 2003
Timber types - AI - AIV timbers
Firing - Circulating fluidised bed firing
Timber silo - 2 x 7,500m3 intake volume
Annual throughput - 120,000 tpa
Treatment capacity - 50 T/h
Reported calorific value - 15,400 kJ/kg
Electrical efficiency - > 35 percent
Electricity production - 160.000 MWh/a

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Korbach
Korbach
76,000 tpa

Cogeneration plant - 36 MW firing capacity, 44 t/h steam output
RDF mass throughput - Max. 75,700 tpa
Auxiliary boiler system approved - 44 MW firing capacity
1 natural gas and 1 combined boiler - 22 MW firing capacity each, 28 t/h steam output
Steam turbine capacity - 4.1 MW
Fuel efficiency rate - 69%
Heating energy supply - 160,000 MWh/a
Electricity supply - 6,000 MWh/a

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Leuna
Leuna
390,000 tpa

Launch of operations - 2005 / 2007
Waste types - Mixed municipal solid waste and industrial and commercial waste
Firing - Forward-acting reciprocal grate
Waste bunker - 20,000 m³ intake volume
Annual throughput - 390,000 tpa
Design calorific value - 11,000 kJ/kg
Live steam production - Up to approx. 1.4 million tpa at 40 bar/400 °C
Electricity production - Up to 250,000 MWh/a
Steam - Up to 120 T/h steam output
Residual materials - 120,000 tpa scoria / 38,000 tpa filter ash

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Liberec
Liberec
96,000 tpa

Launch of operations - 2000
Waste types - Municipal waste and commercial and industrial waste
Firing - Travelling grate
Number of boilers - 1
Waste bunker - 3,000m3
Annual throughput - 96,000 tpa
Design calorific value - 7,200 to 12,560 kJ/kg
Live steam production - 37 T/h
Electricity production - 23,500 MWh/a
Steam export - 30 T/h

Mannheim
Mannheim
700,000 tpa

Launch of operations - 1965 / 1997 / 2003 / 2009
Waste types - Mixed municipal solid waste and industrial and commercial waste
Firing - Forward-acting reciprocal grate
Number of boilers - 3
Waste bunker - 34,000 m³ intake volume
Annual throughput - 700,000 tpa
Design calorific value - Boilers 4 + 5 – 9,600 kJ/kg / Boiler 6 – 12,500 kJ/kg
Live steam production - Up to 2.2 million tpa, between 40 and 65 bar, 385–430° C
Electricity production - 300,000 MWh/a
Steam - 65 T/h steam output at normal capacity
Residual materials - 162,500 tpa scoria / 25,000 tpa filter dust

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Mannheim Biomass
Mannheim Biomass
140,000 tpa

Launch of operations - 2003
Timber types - AI - AIV timbers
Firing - Travelling grate with spreader-suspension firing
Storage capacity - Approx. 5,000 tpa
Annual throughput - Approx. 5,000 tpa
Treatment capacity - 50 T/h
Reported calorific value - 15,400 kJ/kg
Electricity production - 160,000 MWh/a

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Offenbach
Offenbach
250,000 tpa

Launch of operations - 1970
Waste types - Municipal waste and commercial and industrial waste
Number of boilers - 3
Waste bunker - 6,000m³
Annual throughput - 250,000 tpa
Design calorific value - 9,900 kJ/kg
Live steam production - 22.7 to 45 t/h
Electricity production - 80,065 MWh/a
Steam export - 675,641 tpa

Plymouth
Plymouth
265,000 tpa

Launch of operations - 2015
Waste types - Municipal waste and commercial and industrial waste
Firing - Forward feed grate
Number of boilers - 1
Waste bunker - More than 10 days capacity
Annual throughput - Up to 265,000 tpa
Design calorific value - 9,500 kJ/kg
Live steam production - Approx. 820,000 tpa at 60 bar, 420 °C
Electricity production - 190,000 MWh/a
Staff - 30 employees

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Ridham Dock Biomass
Ridham Dock Biomass
172,000 tpa

Launch of operations - 2015
Timber types - Grade B and C waste wood
Firing - Kablitz forward acting grate
Number of boilers - 1
Wood store - Wood yard with 5,000 tonnes capacity
Annual throughput - 172,000 tpa
Design calorific value - 14,000 kJ/kg
Live steam production - 103 T/h at 460oC and 69 Bar
Electricity production - 25.42 MW

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