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Covanta drops waste project near Merthyr Tydfil

Energy-from-waste company Covanta has dropped plans to build a £400m waste-fired power plant near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.

The 77-megawatt project was designed to use 750,000 tonnes of non-recyclable and household and business waste from South Wales. Some 67 MW of output would have been exported to the power grid.

The scheme, earmarked for land at Cwmbargoed, on the Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly border, near the Ffos-Y-Fran opencast mine, was first unveiled in January 2009 and generated massive local opposition.

The developer decided to scrap the scheme after Welsh waste authorities decided to sell non-recyclable waste to smaller facilities rather than one large one.

In a statement Covanta said: “the local authorities have adopted a fragmented approach (not a national approach) to dealing with residual waste. This makes the plant unviable. We have therefore decided to terminate the planning process and concentrate on our other UK projects.”

Brendan Toomey, leader of the Labour group at Merthyr Tydfil Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted with Covanta’s decision to withdraw their application.

“The opposition to the proposal has been overwhelming. It is a very good day for Merthyr Tydfil and the people of Merthyr.”

The scheme was under consideration by the Infrastructure Planning Commission which earlier this month approved development consent for the company’s Rookery South EfW project in Bedfordshire.


Roger Milne

27 October 2011