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Viridor and Ansa sign 55,000-tonne Cheshire East contract

May 2, 2018

Runcorn ERF Control Room
Viridor and Ansa Environmental Services have signed a new contract to divert Cheshire East’s residual waste away from landfill.


This partnership will see the two companies working together to transform around 55,000 tonnes a year of household residual waste into a fuel for energy recovery at Viridor’s Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility (ERF).


The contract commenced on April 1 2018 for an initial period of five years with the option to extend for up to a further five years.


Simon Wright, Viridor’s Business Development Manager, said: “Viridor is delighted to be awarded this new contract with Ansa after a robust competitive tendering process. The partnership demonstrates a commitment to generate low carbon energy from Cheshire East’s non-recyclable waste and makes the best use of resources locally in Cheshire, supporting jobs and the local economy.”


Viridor Contract Manager Rick Brady added: “We are looking forward to working alongside Ansa to manage the transport and recovery of Cheshire East’s Refuse Derived Fuel at our Runcorn ERF.”


Kevin Melling, Ansa’s Managing Director said, “Ansa is looking forward to developing our relationship with Viridor further. As well as maximising opportunities to reduce carbon emissions, we are also working towards reducing the use of fossil fuels and diverting waste from landfill.”


Runcorn Energy from Waste is a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) facility. It treats up to 850,000 tonnes of RDF each year and generates up to 70MW of electricity and up to 51 MW of heat for exclusive use by INOVYN.


By reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and using it as a resource from which to recover energy, the Runcorn facility helps reduce the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels, improve sustainability and achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn will reduce the UK’s carbon footprint. 


Viridor sent enough energy to the national grid last year to power 380,000 homes – the equivalent of a city the size of Leeds.


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