More than 300 jobs and many local supply chain opportunities to be created during the construction phase
LONDON – March 22, 2019 – Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) ("Covanta") and Green Investment Group Limited (“GIG”) today announced that the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility (“Rookery”) in Bedfordshire, England has reached financial close and will commence construction. Covanta and GIG will each own 40 percent of the state-of-the-art facility, with primary waste supplier Veolia ES (UK) Limited (“Veolia”) owning the remaining 20 percent.
“We are pleased to have reached this key milestone on the Rookery project, which is a major component of our UK development plan and the second of four initial projects to move forward with GIG," said Covanta CEO and President Stephen J. Jones. “The Rookery project brings into full view the capabilities of our partnership with GIG and our commitment to the UK market, and we look forward to investing in the local community and serving the region with much-needed sustainable waste treatment. Rookery also marks the first project in the UK where we will assume an operating role and we are thrilled to contribute this core expertise to the project.”
“GIG and Covanta have an ambition to deliver a joint portfolio of world class waste management infrastructure that will reduce landfill, lower emissions, and transform two million tonnes of residual waste a year into heat and power for communities and industry across the UK. I’m delighted that we get one step closer to realising that ambition today,” said Ed Northam, Head of GIG Europe. “GIG’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a greener global economy, and I believe Rookery can play an important role in helping the UK meet its goal of maximising the value of our resources to create a cleaner, greener, healthier planet.”
The Rookery facility will provide 545,000 tonnes of annual treatment capacity for non-recyclable waste, further enabling the UK to achieve national self-sufficiency in managing waste and compliance with landfill diversion targets. Veolia will deliver the majority of Rookery’s waste supply under a long-term contract, with the balance of the waste sourced through other commercial, industrial and municipal counterparties. In processing this waste, Rookery will generate over 60 megawatts of electricity which will be sold into the grid on a merchant basis, powering the equivalent of over 112,500 homes.
“Veolia is excited to play its part in this major infrastructure project of which we have now delivered 10 in the UK. We are happy to have been able to share our expertise in technical design and construction, as well as waste supply and energy markets optimization, which have been integral to its success to date,” said Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President for Veolia UK & Ireland. “Rookery will provide much needed residual waste recovery capacity, the majority of which Veolia will be supplying from its local authority and commercial customers, to create energy for the grid from non-recyclable waste to reduce the need for landfill.”
Construction of the facility will be led by Hitachi Zosen Inova under a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract and is expected to take approximately 36 months to complete. Over 300 jobs will be created during the construction period providing related benefits to the local economy. Many opportunities will also be created for the local supply chain with a commitment from the project to purchase goods and services from local companies wherever possible. Covanta will provide technical oversight during construction and will supply operations and maintenance services when the project commences operations in 2022.
Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 22 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle over 600,000 tons of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today’s most complex environmental challenges. For more information, visit covanta.com.
About Green Investment Group and Macquarie Group
GIG is a specialist in green infrastructure principal investment, project delivery and the management of portfolio assets, and related services. Its track record, expertise and capability make it a global leader in green investment, dedicated to supporting the growth of the global green economy. The business was launched initially by the UK Government in 2012 as the first institution of its type in the world. The organisation was acquired by a consortium led by Macquarie Group in 2017, creating one of Europe’s largest teams of dedicated green infrastructure investors, and now operates under the name Green Investment Group.
Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie) is a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. Founded in 1969, Macquarie employs 14,469 people in over 25 countries. At 31 March 2018, Macquarie had assets under management of £309.9 billion. For more information, visit www.greeninvestmentgroup.com and www.macquarie.com.
Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 169 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2017, the Veolia group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 55 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 47 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €25.12 billion in 2017(USD 30.1 billion). www.veolia.com.
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On 27 February procurement experts from Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) and Covanta attended the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Buyer event held at Putteridge Bury.
The well organised event was a great opportunity for local businesses to come and meet the procurement leads, discover more about the Rookery South project and the many supply chain needs the scheme will require during the construction and operational phases.
(L-R Greg Lopez, HZI Project Procurement Manager, Justin Richardson, CEO of the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Jack Stitt, Deputy Project Manager on Rookery South)
Covanta and HZI are grateful to the Chamber of Commerce for inviting the companies to attend. We look forward to participating in future events and increase the number of Bedfordshire-based businesses that are involved in the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility.
Tom Koltis, Covanta's Executive Director for the UK and Europe, said:
“We remain confident in the Environment Agency's position that the challenge to their well-founded permit application and evaluation processes is without merit, as was confirmed by the High Court ruling in November 2018.
"Therefore, we're pursuing options to proceed to financial close and commence construction of this much-needed infrastructure project prior to the end of the appeals process.
"We are committed to being a good neighbour and we'll continue to source local construction suppliers wherever possible to maximise the economic advantages for Bedfordshire's residents and businesses."
Covanta and its Engineering, Procurement and Constructions contractors, Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), are pleased to update local communities and road users that the improvement are now completed on-time and on-schedule.
The completed works include a widened section of Green Lane and the installation of a ‘ghost island.’ The new island will make this section of road safer in the future for through traffic and construction vehicles turning right into the Rookery South site. For local communities and all road users, it will also ensure that disruption for through traffic to Stewartby village and/or the railway station is minimised.
On behalf of the Covanta, HZI and the wider Rookery South Project teams, we thank all road users for their co-operation and patience whilst the improvements works were carried out.
As the cold weather tightens its grip this winter, homeless people are among the most vulnerable in society. With Bedford having some of the highest levels of homelessness in the UK today, Covanta chose to make a £5,000 Christmas donation to support Bedford's SMART Prebend Centre's 2018 Christmas Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal, which will help the organisation continue its outreach work in supporting those in need.
Covanta is proud to make this contribution to Bedfordshire and will continue to make further donations and community funding available for many years to come.
Read the letter from SMART Prebend Centre on Covanta's donation here.
Improvement Works on Green Lane in Stewartby from Monday 7 January through to Sunday 17 February 2019 (inclusive).
For more information, download the document below to learn about upcoming road closures needed to carry out improvement works on Green Lane.
Covanta is pleased with the court’s decision to uphold the UK Environment Agency’s issuance of the environmental permit for the Rookery project. Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities like the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility, are critical in helping the UK achieve national landfill diversion and renewable energy targets. EfW facilities are proven to be safe and widely regarded as the best solution for the treatment of waste that cannot be recycled.
We are committed to being a good neighbour and look forward to building a strong, transparent relationship with the Bedfordshire community. We will provide further updates on the timing of financial close and the commencement of full construction in the near future.
Court Decision Documents
At the invitation of Bedford Borough Council, Tom Koltis, Covanta’s executive director of European Development and representatives from the Environment Agency, attended a meeting of the Council’s Environment and Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee in June at Stewartby Village Hall. The meeting, which was open to the public, provided council members and local residents the opportunity to pose questions on the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) directly to Covanta. To read Covanta’s full responses to questions posed by the committee click here.
Additional questions from members of the public have also been added to the Frequently Asked Questions section here on the website.
Issuance of the permit follows a detailed review and consultation process by the Environment Agency (EA). For more information, download the EA's fact sheet at the link below or visit this EA webpage to view the permit and decision document.
GIG is a specialist in green infrastructure principal investment, project delivery and the management of portfolio assets, and related services.