Rotary Club of Shrewsbury VOCATIONAL VISIT TO VEOLIA E R F IN SHREWSBURY
Members of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury enjoyed an informative vocational visit to Veolia’s £63 million Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Battlefield in Shrewsbury on 25th January 2017. The ERF plant operates throughout the year with only 24 employees and it can handle 90,000 tonnes of waste each year while producing enough energy to power 10,000 homes.
An escorted visit to the computerised control room gave an opportunity to look over crane operator Mike’s shoulder while he deftly manipulated his 2 tonne crane grab to extract a blue wheelie bin from the assorted waste within the enormous, glass-sided hopper. He then placed it into the adjacent shredder and told us it could have blocked the feed chute to the incinerator. Later, from an internal gantry, we were able to view the actual flames of the incinerator which burns continuously at a temperatures around 850 degrees Celsius.
Members were very impressed with the overall cleanliness and stringent safety procedures in place as evidenced by the long period without any unscheduled shutdowns.
Summary report by Rotarian Alan Wilding