Press release: Construction of Indaver's Waste-to-Energy plant in Essex has begun

Indaver is building a new waste-to-energy plant in East England near the former Rivenhall airfield. In this waste-to-energy plant, up to 595,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household waste and commercial waste will be treated. The energy that is released during the process will be recovered. The investment amounts to 600 million pounds. The construction of the facility is began in mid-October 2022. The new facility will be operational in 2026 and will generate 65 full-time jobs.

Waste-to-Energy Plant as part of an Integrated Waste Management Facility and Energy Centre (IWMF)

The waste-to-energy plant, with an annual capacity of 595,000 tonnes of waste per year, will be part of the larger Rivenhall Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) that has been granted a permit to treat 853,000 tonnes of waste each year. The energy generated during the process will be recovered. The facility will supply 49.9 MWe to the electricity grid.

Civil works and preparations completed

The site has been being made ready for construction since June 2021. Tom Blackwell Ltd organise the ground works and around 3 million tonnes of earth was moved from the main site. This earth has been put to good use for restoration works to the neighbouring quarry. PJ Hegary & Sons began the civil works in April 2022.

Main contractor Hitachi Zosen Inova began construction in mid-October.

The Swiss Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) began the actual construction of the waste-to-energy plant in mid-October. An initial series of piles has been installed. These form the foundation of the future bunker where the waste will be delivered and of the entire waste treatment plant and energy production unit. Work is currently being done to transform the temporary access road from the A120 into a permanent access road. Lagoons that will collect the rainwater on the site for re-use, are also being completed.

The power plant is expected to be operational by the start of 2026.

500 jobs during the build, 65 full-time jobs in the operational phase

During the build, the Rivenhall project is providing more than 500 jobs, once it is operational there will be 65 full-time jobs. With this, Rivenhall is making an important contribution to the local economy.

Indaver has years of experience in recovering energy and materials

This new waste-to-energy plant is far from their first. Indaver was founded 35 years ago to offer a solution for the hazardous waste from the chemical companies in the Port of Antwerp. Fairly early on in its history, Indaver began introducing new technologies and embraced the ambition to recover every joule of energy and every kilo of waste. Because waste has value. Indaver recovers raw materials from waste, which have the same quality as the primary raw materials they replace. During our thermal processes, we produce energy which we supply to businesses and households in the form of electricity or steam. This value creation is essential to make a contribution to the circular economy. Indaver has extensive experience in building and running waste-to-energy plants in Belgium, Germany and Ireland. We will use this expertise in the construction of the new plant in the United Kingdom.

Indaver is active in the United Kingdom

In mid 2022, Indaver extended its treatment portfolio in the United Kingdom with the acquisition of BIP Chemical Holdings. BIP Chemical Holdings focuses on the recycling of solvents for customers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

In addition, from 2023 onwards, Indaver will run a waste-to-energy plant that will provide a solution for around 150,000 tonnes of household waste from a few local authority areas in north-east Scotland.

For the press


Inge Baertsoen, Communications Manager, +32 497 970 570, mail: inge.baertsoen(at)


Indaver offers high-quality, sustainable and cost-efficient waste-management solutions to large-scale industry, public authorities and waste collection companies. With over 30 years’ experience and an extensive range of treatment facilities and treatment capacities, Indaver offers tailored solutions to a wide range of household, commercial and industrial waste streams. Indaver currently has facilities and operations in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, France and Portugal. The Indaver Group currently has around 1900 active employees.


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