Energy from waste plant for south-west England

A combined heat & power plant in Plymouth - a benchmark for the UK

The contract we have been awarded to finance, plan, build and operate an energy from waste plant in south-west England means that we are now also present in the British market. Construction work began in August 2012 and operations commenced in spring 2015.

Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth is Europe’s oldest and largest naval base. It thus offers optimal conditions for building a high-efficiency cogeneration plant. As the largest energy consumer in the region, the Royal Navy stands to save 20 percent of its energy costs in future by directly procuring electricity and heating energy from the plant. Not only that, local councils will benefit from lower waste charges, thus significantly reducing the burden on taxpayers. The plant has an annual incineration capacity of 245,000 tonnes and will achieve an energy efficiency rate of up to 49 % – that is more than twice as efficient as the current norm at British plants.

Facts and figures at a glance

Launch of operations2015
Waste typesMunicipal sold waste and industrial and commercial waste
Number of boilers1
Firing methodMoving grate
Waste bunkerMore than 10 days intake volume
Annual throughput245,000 Mg/a
Reported calorific value9,500 kJ/kg
Live steam productionapprox. 800,000 Mg/a at 60 bar,
420 °C
Electricity production190,000 MWh/a
Residual materialsIBA, approx. 60,000 Mg/a
Filter ash, ca. 8,500 Mg/a
Personnel33 employees
Devonport EfW CHP Facility

Creek Road

+44 1752 393 150


Paul Carey
Managing Director of MVV Environment Devonport Ltd.
Plymouth EfW CHP Plant

MVV Environment Devonport, a subsidiary of MVV Umwelt GmbH, has been awarded the contract to finance, plan, build and operate an energy from waste plant in south-west England.