Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park – JCBE Dry AD Facility Successfully Completed
The Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park (MKWRP) is part of Milton Keynes Council’s drive to achieve the 2020 goals set by the European Union for reduced landfilling of waste, lower CO2 emissions and increased use of renewable forms of energy.
Jones Celtic BioEnergy (JCBE) was appointed to design, construct and commission a dry Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant as part of the overall Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) and energy recovery solution for the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) delivered to the facility. The facility, inclusive of mechanical separation, AD and gasification plant is a complete ‘One Stop Shop’ solution to the waste in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. JCBE have been involved with this project since contract award in 2013 with mobilisation to site occurring in August of 2014 and with the project being successfully completed, commissioned and tested in the autumn of 2016.
Throughout the duration of the project JCBE accumulated more than 180,000 man hours with zero recordable incidents, proving the continued focus on delivering projects safely and within programme.
The plant is designed to process >30,000 tonnes per annum of MSW fines (the organic fraction that is mechanically separated from the general black bin waste. This material is processed using Schmack Biogas batch dry AD technology inclusive of nine dry AD vessels. From this waste fraction the dry AD process is capable of generating >2,000 kW/h of total biogas energy that translates into >800 kW/h of electrical power. After digestion the waste is post-composted and pasteurized in a Celtic BioEnergy aerobic treatment system. This allows for the composted waste to be beneficially used in land remediation. Overall the plant provides for a very high level of landfill diversion and renewable energy recovery from an otherwise problematic waste. This sophisticated plant is the third of its type successfully delivered in the UK by JCBE in recent years, the other two being near Dunfermline that processes co-mingled food and green waste and a plant near Doncaster that also processes MSW.