public consultationMedworth Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power Facility
MVV Environment is part of the MVV Energie group of companies. We provide a sustainable alternative to landfill through energy recovery for publicly and privately-owned waste disposal companies.
The UK business retains the overall group ethos of 'belonging' to the communities we serve, whilst benefitting from over 50 years' experience gained by our German sister companies. We provide solutions for waste reduction, energy generation and recycling.
In the UK, MVV currently consists of 5 separate companies:
- MVV Environment Baldovie
Diverting 110,000 tonnes per annum of residual waste from landfill for Dundee City and Angus councils.
- MVV Environment Services
The UK electricity trading subsidiary of MVV.
- MVV Environment
The UK development company and core business support functions.
- MVV Environment Ridham
Generating energy from 175,000 tonnes per annum of waste wood that would otherwise be landfilled or exported for energy generation abroad.
- MVV Environment Devonport
Diverting 200,000 tonnes per annum of residual waste from landfill for the South West Devon Waste Partnership as well as 50,000 tonnes per annum of residual waste for private waste disposal companies.
The UK requires more renewable energy power stations as old, fossil fuel facilities are being decommissioned. Too much waste is still being sent to landfill or exported overseas, when it could better be used as a fuel to generate electricity and heat here in the UK.
UK-based company MVV Environment intends to make an application to the Secretary of State for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to obtain permission for an Energy from Waste (EfW) Combined Heat and Power (CHP) facility on the industrial estate at Algores Way, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. 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.
key elements of our proposal:
Currently, some of the residual waste from the east of England region 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 renewable energy for local businesses.
The proposed site is in the Medworth ward of Fenland District Council. This industrial area in Wisbech offers opportunities to achieve high efficiencies with Combined Heat and Power (CHP). This means that some of the steam produced by burning the waste could be used for heating or industrial processes, avoiding the use of fossil fuels.
Such steam supplies would also increase the efficiency of the proposed facility by increasing the amount of energy put to good use. We have already started talking to local companies about the opportunities to do this.
We are committed to playing an active role in supporting and engaging our local communities and being a good neighbour.
Please let us know any suggestions on how we can do this in and around Wisbech and about any local projects and/or groups that we could work with to support.
The proposed site is in the Medworth ward of Fenland District Council.
The facility fits into the industrial setting on a site that is currently used as a waste transfer station.
What will the facility look like?
In these early stages of the proposal, some elements of the scheme's design may be influenced by the feedback provided via the consultation process. We do have some simple rendered drawings to share. These provide a basic indication of form and scale.
Managing and minimising any impacts of our proposals on the local landscape and views is an important consideration as we develop the project. This can be done in a number of ways, such as through the building design and colour, landscaping and the materials we use.
Medworth Energy from Waste CHP facility aims to:
- Recover useful, sustainable, energy from residual municipal waste
- Divert around half a million tonnes of residual 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
The project will divert around 0.5 million tonnes of residual waste per annum from landfill, depending on waste composition. If approved, waste for the Medworth EfW CHP facility waste will come from the east of England region.
Waste companies will want to deal with waste as close to its source as possible, to control transport costs. This will enable MVV to ensure that the Energy from Waste facility provides a regional solution to a regional problem.
Only waste that complies with the environmental permit will be accepted. In the event that non-compliant waste is identified, it will be removed from site for safe disposal/treatment.
Plastics that have been collected and are suitable for recycling cannot be accepted by MVV under the standard conditions of an environmental permit.
EfW reduces landfill and contributes to renewable energy generation, reducing the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels and cutting methane (CH4) emissions.
Like all significant development proposals, a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment will be undertaken for both construction and operation of the facility.
The results will be collected into a report called an Environmental Statement, which will accompany the eventual Development Consent application.
Topics agreed by the Secretary of State will include:
- air quality & health
- traffic & transportation
- landscape & visual
- noise & vibration
- ecology & nature conservation
- surface water & flood risk
- ground conditions
- socio-economics & land use
We are discussing the content of the Scoping Opinion with various stakeholders to further inform the Environmental Impact Assessment.
Further information about the Scoping process is available online at -
and also our dedicated web page -
What is the impact on local air quality?
Thanks to state-of-the-art flue gas cleaning, our power facilities comply with the very strict UK regulations for clean air.
The most recent independent review of evidence shows no link between EfW emissions and adverse health impacts. This is upheld by Public Health England’s position, that well run and regulated municipal waste incinerators do not pose a significant risk to public health, and this should reassure anyone living near or in any proximity to an EfW facility.*
*PHE statement on modern municipal waste incinerators (MWIs) study, 15 October 2019.
Is EfW a major source of dioxins?
No, this is not the case due to highly sophisticated flue gas cleaning systems.
In the past, EfW facilities were a significant source of dioxins, but following reductions in emission limits in 1995 and 2000 (that came in to effect more than 20 years ago), EfW now accounts for less than 1% of the overall dioxin emissions to the air in the UK. In fact, dioxin emissions from EfW in the UK have changed dramatically, with a 99.8% reduction in dioxin emissions per tonne of waste since 1990**.
**Environment Agency and National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory.
What safety measures are in place to ensure air quality protection, even when there's an equipment failure?
Safety is of the utmost importance and the system is designed to ensure that emissions to air are controlled even in the event of equipment failure.
Sophisticated monitoring techniques throughout the process, from combustion through to filtration of the flue gases, ensure that the facility operates within the strict limits of the Environmental Permit.
Who monitors waste-to-energy facilities in the UK?
The Environment Agency (EA) regulate all waste sites and act as an independent body which monitors a facility’s outputs.
If limits are breached, the EA has the power to shut down the plant and impose fines accordingly.
MVV monitors the majority of emissions from the facility continuously. Other trace emissions must be monitored by extractive sampling as they are present in such tiny amounts; this is carried out at regular intervals as required by the Environmental Permit.
The emissions data is logged and stored and reported to the Environment Agency weekly.
MVV will carefully look at local road networks and available waste in the area in order to develop a transport plan that will minimise impact on the existing infrastructure.
A transport assessment will establish the existing levels of traffic, and the level of traffic when the facility is at peak construction and peak operation, to develop an operational traffic and transport plan to mitigate traffic impact.
We are also investigating the impact of the facility on other transport projects in the local area, including those within the Wisbech Access Strategy. We want to ensure the construction and operation of the facility does not compromise the delivery of these.
We shall be discussing the highways impacts of the project with the local highway authorities, Highways England, and Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Combined Authority to agree the approach to the transport assessment and obtain local knowledge of the highways network such as existing traffic flows.
The site is currently accessed from Algores Way, however we are investigating the creation of an access route off New Bridge Lane to reduce the need for vehicles to travel past sites such as schools. The transport and traffic assessment will consider a range of impacts including delays, amenity and safety on a number of groups, including:
- People at home
- People at work
- Sensitive groups including children, elderly and disabled
- Sensitive locations such as hospitals, churches, schools and historic buildings
- Open spaces, recreational areas and shopping areas
- Sites of ecological and nature conservation value
- Sites of tourist/visitor attractions
Our proposal is to lay a steam pipeline along the line of the old railway.
This would still allow the suggested single track line to be built when the time comes. Our view is that there is even room for a cycle way.
The plans for the railway are being dealt with by others; MVV will work with the relevant authorities to ensure the railway can still be reinstated.
There are currently a number of options being explored that will enable a biodiversity corridor for landscaping and wildlife. In addition, a cycle and footpath could run alongside the CHP corridor. The CHP steam pipe will supply energy to local businesses. This still leaves space for a maintenance track.
17.5m corridor with and without rail
Please note: all measurements are approximate.
10m corridor with and without rail
Where are we in the consultation process?
Our consultation process encourages comments and questions from the community and local businesses. We hope that as many people as possible will come along and find out more about the project as well as discuss any concerns they may have.
All of the exhibition materials seen here are also available on our website and at document inspection locations in Wisbech and the surrounding area; these include electronic and paper copies of the feedback form so that you can register your views and concerns formally as part of the planning process.
Rest assured our non-statutory consultation, which started in March, is extended to Autumn 2020. You have not missed the opportunity to raise the issues that are important to you.
Will the facility smell?
Odours from the tipping hall will be drawn into the combustion chamber and burnt; as a result, fresh air will be drawn into the tipping hall from outside so that the flow of air prevents the escape of odours.
Will the facility be noisy?
Modern cladding and insulation techniques, as well as careful planning of the layout will minimise any noise outside of the site boundary.
In Plymouth, our facility operates just 65m from housing without causing noise or smell disturbance.
Does the incineration process produce harmful gases?
The methods of cleaning up the gases from incineration are sophisticated and effective. Dioxins, for example, are destroyed by high temperature incineration (over 850°C) and acids are neutralised using an alkali (lime).
Why can’t money be spent on improving recycling rates instead?
This is a matter for local councils.
MVV do not target municipal recyclable waste and, as such, our facilities have no direct impact on municipal recycling rates in the county.
You can find more frequently asked questions on our website at -
Thank you to all those who have responded to the non-statutory Stage 1 consultation. All responses have been collected into a Consultation Feedback Report available to view on our website here.
We are keen to share with you some updates on our proposals and how they have developed as a result of further work and the comments you provided during Stage 1 of our non-statutory consultations.
Further analysis has been carried out on the type and size of vehicles that would access the site, the maximum capacity of the facility and the typical hours of delivery.
Proposed access arrangements and routing of vehicles is currently under review as part of our comprehensive transport assessment. Further information will be provided as part of the statutory consultation next year.
Engagement with the National Grid and UK Power Networks has established the 132kV connection to be the preferred option. The 400kV has been removed from our proposal.
We are in the process of identifying a suitable route within the 132kV corridor which minimises the impact on landowners, the environment and proposed Garden Town.
We have maintained the same consultation zone for this 2nd non-statutory consultation to ensure that all stakeholders consulted at Stage 1 are made aware of this decision.
Environmental surveys to date
A number of environmental surveys have been undertaken and reports are available to view and discuss. These include:
Late 2019 - January 2020: Engagement with the Planning Inspectorate about the project and our approach to environmental assessment.
March - May 2020: Public consultation period.
April 2020: Consultation events postponed due to Coronavirus.
Spring/Summer 2020: Bird surveys ongoing.
At our facilities in Baldovie, Dundee and Devonport, Plymouth, we have successfully established liaison groups to encourage discussion between interested parties on issues relating to the operation and maintenance of these facilities.
Both groups were established during the planning stages of their developments and we would like to offer the same opportunity for our Medworth project. Please contact us to express an interest in joining this group.
MVV recognises the importance of local people and knowledge to any new project. We want to develop a two-way dialogue with as many stakeholders as possible and to understand the issues that are important to you.
If you have any further thoughts on the project which we should consider as we develop our proposal, please let us know.
Our preferred method for collecting your comments is via our dedicated project website.
You can also contact us via email:
Or telephone the team:
01945 232 231
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