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Project spotlight: Edmonton Energy Recovery Facility

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Project spotlight: Edmonton Energy Recovery Facility

  • Publish Date: Posted 22 days ago
  • Author: Marketing Team

In north London work has commenced on the new Edmonton Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), with opportunities for experienced construction professionals to join the build project and help construct the latest energy from waste facility.

NRL are proud to be supporting the construction of this ERF, partnering with ACCIONA to build a talent pool to manage the teams of supplementary workers needed by sub-contractors on site to complete the works and bring the new green energy facility to life.

What is the Energy Recovery Facility?

Non-recyclable waste that’s been collected from local residents will be sent to the new ERF, which in turn will be burnt to produce heat and electricity. Ensuring waste that can’t be recycled does not end up in landfill.

The existing ERF on Edmonton EcoPark needs to be replaced, and the new facility will use the latest technology to ensure it’s as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Once operational, expected in 2027, up to 127,000 homes could receive power from the facility – as well as supplying heat for up to 60,000 homes through a district heat network.

For the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) to generate power, water is heated by the hot gases produced from burning waste. This heating creates steam, which drives a turbine to produce electricity. Integral to this procedure is an air-cooling system, which condenses the turbine's exhaust steam back into water. This condensed water is then pumped back to the boiler for reuse in the energy recovery cycle.


What is Edmonton EcoPark?

Edmonton EcoPark, situated in Enfield, has been open since 1971 - managing waste from across north London and diverting it from landfill for more than 50 years.

Situated on the EcoPark is Edmonton’s existing Energy Recovery Facility – which will be replaced as part of the North London Heat and Power Project that will see the area transformed into a green energy hub to meet the current and future needs of north London residents.


What is the North London Heat and Power Project?

The project will see the retirement of the existing energy from waste plant and the construction of new buildings and infrastructure to better manage north London’s waste.

It’s been developed by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), to deliver flagship recycling facilities for local residents.

Several new buildings are being constructed as part of the project. A new Resource Recovery Facility will provide a space for refuse vehicles to drop off waste for sorting to remove as much recyclable waste as possible. Around 1350,000 tonnes of recyclable materials are expected through the facility each year, and plans include a Reuse and Recycling Centre where local people can drop off their recyclable and non-recyclable waste.

Whilst the new 78 MW Energy Recovery Facility, which we’re working with ACCIONA to construct, will take up to 700,000 tonnes of waste each year that can’t be recycled and use it to generate low-carbon heat and power. Incinerated bottom ash and metals left over are then sent for onward recycling in the construction sector, helping to divert as much waste as possible from landfill.


What is the ERF talent pool?

To support the construction of the new Energy Recovery Facility, NRL have launched a new talent pool and are inviting experienced candidates to register to join and have access to construction work as and when it becomes available.

NRL’s team will work closely with principal contractor ACCIONA and the sub-contractors on the project, and whenever supplementary labour is required the talent pool will be used to identify suitably skilled and experienced workers to complete the work. Providing a central place to register for construction opportunities on the ERF project, with regular updates for candidates who join the talent pool.

You can find out more about how the talent pool will operate and apply to join the project by visiting the dedicated website below.