Viridor selects CNIM and Clugston Construction to build £252m energy recovery facility in UK


Viridor, a recycling and renewable energy company in the UK, has selected CNIM and Clugston Construction to construct a new £252m Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) on an industrial site in Avonmouth, on the outskirts of Bristol.

CNIM, an industrial engineering contractor, will offer established technology for the new facility while Clugston will play the role of a building and civils contractor.

Construction will commence this summer.

More than 600 people will work on site during peak construction phase while 45 people will be appointed in permanent roles during operations.

Viridor managing director Phil Piddington said: “We’re delighted to team up with CNIM and Clugston to progress this flagship facility using proven technology and respected, established partners. 

“The development creates an exciting opportunity to support the South West community and Bristol’s progress towards creating a low carbon economy, following the city’s successful year as European Green Capital.”

The facility will allow local authorities and business to transform 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste each year into renewable energy.

Recently, Viridor signed a 25-year contract with Somerset County Council, brokered by Somerset Waste Partnership.

This agreement will see about a third of the waste at Avonmouth being diverted from entering into three landfill sites. Once operational in 2020, the new ERF at Avonmouth will produce 34MW of low carbon energy, supplying National Grid with enough electricity to power 44,000 homes.