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Recycling & Waste to Energy Gasification Plans Approved in Walsall, UK

Recycling & Waste to Energy Gasification Plans Approved in Walsall, UK

3 September 2013

By Ben Messenger
Managing Editor

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BH Energygap Recycling & Waste to Energy Gasification Plans Approved in Walsall, UKA 300,000 tonne per year waste to energy facility that will use gasification technology to process residual waste in the UK’s West Midlands has been awarded planning permission by Walsall Council.

The site had previously been awarded planning permission for a waste recovery and combined heat and power plant. However, the developer, BH EnergyGap, explained that to enable the development of the site to be workable and viable, a new planning application was submitted in May 2013 to Walsall Council.

According to the company, once complete the facility will achieve a landfill diversion rate of around 90%, will recover materials for recycling and will produce 19 MW of electricity by processing residual waste.

BH EnergyGap added that the Resource Recovery and Renewable Energy Production Facility located on at Fryers Road, Birchills Leamore, Walsall is to be named ‘WandE’ and will treat mixed municipal, commercial and industrial wastes.

Materials arriving at the site will be sorted and segregated to maximise their value. The developer said that once separated using the latest sorting technology such as magnets, eddy currents, near infrared cameras and air jets, materials such as metals, plastics and rubble will be sent onward for recycling.

The company said that residual material will be used to produce energy using advanced thermal treatment to produce electricity or potentially heat for export from the site.

According to a report by the Express and Star, members of the Council’s Planning Committee agreed there should be several conditions in place to ease some public concerns, such as quarterly readings from the chimney.

The report said that there had been 11 letters of objection from residents and businesses, and that concerns had also been raised by councillors Tim Oliver and Shaun Fitzpatrick.

There will also be a traffic plan of which routes should be used when making deliveries and it is expected that there will be over 80 truck arriving and departing from the site each day.

“It is not every day someone comes in to invest £100 million and it is bringing in new jobs. We have always said Walsall is open to business,” Councillor Mohammed Arif, cabinet member for environment, is reported to have said.

Waste Gasification to Biofuel Project to Mine Landfill in Maryland

Waste Gasification to Biofuel Project to Mine Landfill in Maryland

20 August 2013

By Ben Messenger
Managing Editor

Washington County, Maryland is pursuing a project that will develop a refused derived fuel (RDF) facility to process municipal solid waste, followed by a waste gasification facility that will produce biofuels. Mining previously landfilled waste for additional feedstock is also being considered.

To realise the project the County has partnered with waste gasification specialist, America First Inc (AFI), in a revenue sharing public/private partnership.

Waste Gasification to Biofuel Project to Mine Landfill in MarylandAccording to the County, the project will provide an economic development tool to attract companies looking for a sustainable community with zero waste opportunities.


The initiative will be implemented in two phases. Phase I, which will commence six to eight months after ground breaking, will consist of the construction of a facility to convert MSW (including yard, agriculture and sewer sludge waste) into RDF.

MSW is delivered to the facility and then sorted and separated to remove all non – treatable items. The residual waste will be converted into RDF pellets which will be sold to various customers as fuel.

Phase II Phase II consists of the construction of a full – scale gasification plant.

The County said that approximately 10% of the RDF pellets produced during Phase I will feed a Fischer – Tropsch synthetic fuel production plant to convert the high – energy syngas from the gasification plant into transportation fuels (gasoline or diesel fuel).

Additionally, the existing landfill will be mined to recover buried MSW.

According to the County mining of existing MSW will extend the current landfill capacity far beyond the estimated 100 years it can currently provide.

The waste to energy process is expected to divert up to 95% of the area’s MSW from landfill, and according to the County will also reduce the odour, birds, and noises normally associated with landfill operations.


Under the partnership Washington County will provide the land and the municipal waste feedstock, but will bear no upfront financial risk.

The County explained that since AFI will secure funding required to complete the project based on a long-term feedstock agreement, and will be the sole signatory on the loan, and that it bears no fiscal responsibility for either construction of the project or operational expenses.

Payments are deferred for two years, which the County said will allow a substantial reserve to be created up front.

Under Phase I, full production of RDF is anticipated to take place between six to eight months after ground breaking.

Using today’s market value for RDF pellets, Washington County said that its estimated share of net profits from the sale of RDF would be in excess of $50,000 per month.

Under Phase II, which will commence between 12 and 18 months after ground breaking, fuel production is expected to begin within 90 days of commissioning.

The County said that its estimated share of net profits would be in excess of $200,000 from the sale of renewable diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, home heating fuel, Naphtha (used to make high – octane fuels) and nitrogen fertilisers.

The completion of both project phases is also expected to create approximately 40 – 70 new jobs