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Cory Riverside Energy has unveiled plans to build an integrated, low-carbon energy park in London

Cory Riverside Energy has selected Hitachi Zosen Inova as EPC contractor for a new waste-to-energy plant in southeast London.

Cory hopes to start construction in 2021 on an integrated, low-carbon energy park at its site on the south side of the Thames in Belvedere, in the borough of Bexley.

The company said that the energy park would complement its existing Riverside Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), and comprise a range of technologies including waste energy recovery, anaerobic digestion, solar panels, and battery storage.

Riverside Energy Park, said the company, would enable the company to convert more of London’s residual black bin waste into green electricity, particularly during times of peak usage and produce cheap heat for export to nearby homes and businesses.

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In addition, it would convert the residual ash that is left over at the end of the process into construction materials. 

It expects to create a further 175,000 tonnes per year of construction materials.

Cory Riverside Energy Chief Executive Nicholas Pollard, the former Balfour Beatty boss, said: “The new energy park represents a huge step forward when it comes to meeting London’s waste management and energy generation needs.

“Our current Riverside Energy Recovery Facility has been reliably operating at capacity and within all air pollution limits since day one, so expanding our energy generating capabilities in a more ambitious integrated Energy Park is the natural next step.

“London is facing a significant capacity gap in its ability to appropriately dispose of and treat all its waste. This new park is an important part of the solution.

“By employing a range of technologies which are proven at scale, we can expand our ability to generate clean, low carbon renewable energy for London and treat more of London’s waste within the city’s boundaries.”

Cory has now advised the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, which handles applications for this type of project, of its proposals.

Meanwhile, Cory will develop the scheme and consult with the local community and other organisations about the proposals before formally submitting an application to the Secretary of State for development consent.

Cory expects to hold public exhibitions during the summer of 2018 and, before then, will work with key public bodies and local stakeholders to identify the main environmental and planning considerations that will be addressed by the design of the Energy Park.

With a construction start date pencilled in for 2021, the Energy Park is expected to be fully operational by 2024.

Cory has selected Hitachi Zosen Inova as its EPC contractor, following its delivery of the existing Riverside ERF.

Cory forecasts that the Riverside Energy Park would generate up to 96MW of low carbon renewable electricity at peak times and divert a further 650,000 tonnes of residual waste away from landfill.

One of the problems with its existing plant is the lack of a heat take off – talks with Thames Water over possibly powering a sewage works or desalination plant failed to make progress.

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