The proposed integrated waste management facility will treat up to 300,000 tonnes of residual (black bin) waste every year. The majority of this waste will come from households within the arc21 region.

The facilities include a pre-treatment facility that will remove any recyclable material and an Energy from Waste (EfW) plant which will thermally treat non-recyclable waste to produce electricity and heat. Recyclable materials from both facilities will be removed and recovered on site for future use.

Thermal waste treatment is a tried and tested technology that ensures the safe and environmentally responsible treatment of waste. EfW plants have operated throughout continental Europe for decades, with over 500 plants in operation today.

By using proven Energy from Waste technology the Becon residual waste treatment facility will generate approximately 18MW of electricity – enough to power up to 30,000 homes

The Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) generated in the EfW from the incineration process will be processed on site to produce a material which can be used as an aggregate in the construction industry, thereby replacing the use of virgin aggregate.

In addition to electricity export, up to 10MW of the heat produced in the EfW may also be used to supply potential heat off-take, which could be used to support a variety of local industrial/commercial or residential uses. Becon and arc21 have been in discussions with a number of potential partners to explore the project’s potential to enable other decarbonisation opportunities such as industrial and district heating, hydrogen fuel production, energy storage and carbon capture technologies.

The facility will be subject to extremely stringent controls and regulation by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and will adhere to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines in relation to emission levels and measures to safeguard public health and the environment.

Computer generated image showing the electricity generation process with in the EfW