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Our Proposal

The Buttington Quarry ERF will use thermal treatment to generate safe and reliable renewable and low carbon electricity, which can be exported to the national grid, with the potential to supply both low carbon power and heat energy, which could be re-used for other businesses or even homes.

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Our Proposal

The Buttington Quarry ERF will use thermal treatment technology to generate up to 9MW of renewable and low carbon energy in the form of electricity and heat, enough to meet the equivalent demand of approximately 8,000 homes.  Electricity will be exported to the national grid to help provide greater security over supplies, whilst heat will be supplied to local businesses or new developments (including homes).

The ERF is being designed to supply both power (electricity) and heat energy to an eco-business park included as part of the wider plans by the quarry owners,  notwithstanding this, energy could be supplied to existing developments in the area should suitable end users come forward.

The ERF will help to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, reducing carbon emissions associated firstly with landfill gas and secondly with the generation of electricity by  more traditional means such as fossil fuels.

This development will use non-recyclable (residual) waste as a fuel, helping to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and so reduce carbon emissions.

This fuel would be made up of residual waste, from which recyclable material has already been removed for processing in alternative streams. Much of the waste would be sourced from Powys and the surrounding areas as there are no other similar locally-based energy recovery facilities.

Environmental Impact

Operations are strictly regulated under the European Waste Incineration Directive by the Environment Agency (EA). The proposed ERF facility will need an Environmental Permit from the EA, without which it cannot operate. 

We take our commitment to the local community very seriously, which is why the ERF will be constantly monitored for emissions. If these emissions go over the new legal limits the facility will automatically stop production. 

What it will look like?

The Landscape Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) will be prepared in accordance with specified guidelines. The assessment will examine the landscape character as a result of installing the ERF within the site, and the ability of the surrounding landscape to accommodate this change. It will also examine the potential visibility of the development from sensitive locations, such as public areas, footpaths and residential areas. The assessment helps inform the scheme and identifying the need for landscaping works to ameliorate any identified impacts. This is followed up by site visit to a representative selection of ‘viewpoints’.

Buttington ERF

How it works

1. Waste delivery and storage

2. Combustion and boiler

3. Flue gas treatment

4. Energy Recovery

5. Residue handling and treatment

6. Energy transmission


A. The proposed ERF will process c.100,000 tonnes per year of residual (non-recyclable) waste sourced from Powys and the surrounding areas.

B. Waste is processed in an enclosed environment with air extraction, treatment and sound proofing to reduce noise and emissions to acceptable limits.

C. The ERF will produce steam that will be used to generate around 9 MW of electricity, enough to power around 8,000 homes, contributing to the UK energy target of at least 15% from renewables.