Construction of Splott incinerator to start ‘within weeks’

April 4, 2012 8 Comments »
Construction of Splott incinerator to start ‘within weeks’

An artist's impression of the incinerator planned for Splott. See the map below for the location of the proposed site.

Construction work on a controversial incinerator in Cardiff is set to start within weeks.

Waste management firm Viridor yesterday announced it had signed a contract with waste engineering specialists CNIM and construction firm Lagan to build the facility in Splott.

The £185m plant, set to be operational by 2014, will treat 350,000 tonnes of waste and aims to provide enough electricity for 50,000 homes in the city.

But campaigners fighting the scheme say they will continue to oppose the plans by taking their fight to the Welsh Assembly next month.

Edmund Schluessel, secretary of Cardiff Against The Incinerator, said: “Incineration is the wrong choice for the environment, the wrong choice for South Wales – and the wrong choice for business.”

Viridor is hoping to secure the contract for Prosiect Gwyrdd (Green Project) – a partnership project to deal with non-recyclable waste processed by councils in Cardiff, Caerphilly, Newport, Monmouth and the Vale of Glamorgan.

The 25-year deal would cover the treatment of around 180,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and would be worth around £1.1bn.

Viridor is one of the companies left in the procurement process and it already has planning permission and a licence to build the incinerator at Trident Park, on Ocean Way, Splott.

The company expects ground work preparation to begin within the next few weeks, with the main construction due to begin in the summer.

It said more than 300 building jobs would be created during the plant‘s construction, and that the incinerator would make a considerable contribution towards meeting challenging targets to avoid waste going into landfill.

Howard Ellard, Viridor’s business development director, said: “We are pleased to be taking this important project to the construction phase.

“By 2014 Trident Park EfW will help local authorities and businesses to transform their residual waste into much-needed renewable energy.”

However, Cardiff Against The Incinerator, which has raised concerns over the impact the facility will have on nearby residents, has vowed to continue to fight the plans.

Edmund Schluessel said: “This isn’t the end of the road.

“I’m very surprised that Viridor are going ahead with the construction when they haven’t even secured the supply of waste to make it profitable.

“With waste recycling going up, there is no way that Viridor is going to sustain itself. The simple fact is that they don’t have a secure position.”

Mr Schluessel, a 33-year-old PHD student at Cardiff University living in Cathays, said the campaign group plans to make its case before the Assembly in May.

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  1. Victoria April 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Trident Park, Ocean Way is in CARDIFF BAY , not SPLOTT. Get the facts right !!

  2. Bablin Molik April 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    The Against Incinerator got politcally distracted and hence they are loosing the fight. They should have included more people and stepped up the game of protesting. This project should not go ahead and we should do all we can to stop it. Welsh Assembly should support us, our AM sits on Environment and Sustainability Committee and so should block this project!!

  3. rob hepworth April 6, 2012 at 1:14 am - Reply

    We in Newport and Monmouthshire will continue to support our colleagues in CATI in their struggle to save the health and environmental wellbeing of Cardiff. Emissions from Trident Park also endanger the health of people in Newport and beyond. There will be no incinerators in Cardiff OR Newport if the democratically elected Councils of the two cites say no. The Elections are on 3 May …..Rob Hepworth, Chair, Stop Newport and Monmouthshire Incinerator Campaign

  4. AC89 April 6, 2012 at 2:28 am - Reply

    As an environmental engineer, I feel that the public need to be educated on the benefits of the incinerator, instead of being told the opinions of a PHD student who has his fingers in many pies e.g the occupy cardiff protest, who it suddenly and expert on everything.

    The biggest draw back of the incinertator is not the potential of air emissions etc, it is the initial cost of construction of the plant and the subsequent usage. The emissions from the plant are tightly regulated and many by products may be captured and recycled. The incinerator may also feed electricity back into the grid via the thermal generation of electricity. Another positive is the reduced landfill useage projected if the incinerator is constructed. Not all waste materials are permitted in landfills, and sometimes incineration is the only solution.

    We can't recycle all of our waste, and incineration is not the perfect solution, but if implemented effectively it can play a key role in the sustainable municipal waste management scheme of Cardiff.

    • Chris Herriot April 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      You claim to be an environmental engineer. Can you explain how a plant with a capacity of 350,000t with a contract to import only 180,000t of waste from the council areas of Cardiff, Caerphilly, Vale of Glamorgan, Newport and Monmouthshire can be economically viable and environmentally-friendly given the necessity of importing further waste from further afield and the drive to reduce waste via recycling in the original areas? Not to mention the environmental damage of increased carbon emissions by the lorries transporting the waste and disposing of the ash?

      The air emissions you are so unconcerned about will be monitored by the company operating the site in the first instance. many environmental engineers have been telling us nuclear power is perfectly safe. Ask the Japanese for verification on this one. The nuclear industry is a prime example of initial self-regulation backed up by external audit and what a wonderful track record it has….on paper. Leukaemia clusters around nuclear plants are completely unconnected to nuclear generation. Mere coincidence. The same will be true of the asthma, repiratory ailments and cancers clustered around these waste incinerators. But not to worry "experts" like you assure us we're fine….

  5. Rob Hepworth April 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    @ AC89 – I don't think it helps if you personalize the argument, and incidentally I note that you have posted anonymously! I agree with you that the enormous cost of incinerator projects – which are PFI in fact if not title – is a major drawback, especially when compared with smaller Mechanical and Biological Treatment plants which don’t need a 25-year pay-back period, and can be modified as technology and the generation of waste continue to change, probably quite rapidly. Nobody questions that incinerator filters capture a lot of harmful products of incineration, but they don’t get everything and one major area of concern is around substances with a low boiling point which escape into the atmosphere as aerosols. There is a constant drip-drip of scientific studies showing an association between incinerators and damage to health notably cancer.

    Then there is the 20-30% of waste which incinerators turn into ash – a small proportion of this is classified as hazardous and has to be moved in vehicles which may not be hermetically sealed for long term disposal eg in the Cheshire salt mines. Although bottom ask can be used for construction aggregate, this too can be toxic, and supply outstrips demand. Much of an incinerator’s ash may also end up in landfill.

    In order to justify an incinerator in SE Wales the local authorities are being forced to cap recycling at around 65-70% for the next 25 years. There will be no incentive for households to recycle more, and no incentive for manufacturers to reduce packaging and other avoidable waste. Incinerators are an expensive but convenient solution for a waste-producing society not a waste-reducing one. On top of that they pump out far more greenhouse gas than alternatives like MBT. There are other arguments against incineration but this will do for the moment! Rob Hepworth, Chair, Stop Newport and Monmouthshire Incinerator Campaign

  6. Exasperated April 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    So what's happening with the Cardiff Against the Incinerator campaign now? The campaign's a complete shambles because they decided to go down the route of standing candidates against local councillors instead of building broad-based support from all parties. But I don't see anything about any candidates standing. What on earth's going on? I live very near the proposed incinerator; why have I not received any information from the Incinerator campaign? The Socialist Party have let us all down badly with their divisive tactics destroying the Incinerator campaign.

  7. JollyGreenGiant April 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    The Assembly's zero waste policy is in tatters if they continue to encourage local councils to seek 'energy from waste' through incineration. The Welsh Assembly can pull the plug on this project and then go back to the drawing board to find a sustainable green solution to waste management. Vaughn Gethin AM is happy to play the political blame game, yet sits on his hands in the Assembly Chamber when he should be questioning the Environment Minister and using his position on the Environment Committee to stop this incinerator from being built. Shame on our Labour Assembly Member, playing politics with people's lives just to score points and boost his party's chances in the local elections by blaming everyone but his Labour bosses.

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