Updating you on our activities
13th April: Unexpected tenants
Bird nesting is a sure sign of spring. We have put up a number of bird nesting boxes in Blackie Woods and some of these have been put to good use. We were surprised though, to find that a goldfinch has built a nest in one of the small bay trees outside our main office entrance. We have cordoned it off to prevent disturbance, and we hope that we will soon have a small family living temporarily in our midst.
12th April 2017: Heat and electricity for the dockyard
With the start of spring, this years’ heating period is almost over. During the 6 months up to the end of March we supplied heat for the equivalent of almost 5,000 homes to the dockyard. In the same period the electricity we generated was enough for the equivalent of just over 8,000 homes. All of this comes from the residual waste from south-west Devon that would otherwise have gone to landfill.
13th-16th March 2017: British Science Week
Over the course of the week, our Community Liaison Manager worked with over 450 children and young people as well as more than 30 teachers and other supporting adults to bring science to life. With activities taking place in the visitor centre and off-site at schools and community centres, we are proud to be inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Science Week picture 1
Science Week picture 2
16th February 2017: Thank You!
The two-day litter pick through Blackie Woods was a huge success thanks to the hard work of local residents and MVV staff who gave up their time to lend a hand. It was particularly encouraging to see young people from the area getting stuck in with such enthusiasm and the end result was well worth the effort. Some pictures from the event:
litter pick Blackie Woods 1
litter pick Blackie Woods 2
litter pick Blackie Woods 3
9th February 2017: Blackie Woods Big Clean
Every year we organise a litter pick in Blackie Woods and/or the creek next to our Facility. This year’s Big Clean will take place across two days this coming Sunday (12th February) and Monday (13th February) and focus on Blackie Woods; please come along and join us for as long as you can spare on either or both days between 10am and 4pm. All equipment will be provided and there will be refreshments and lunch during the day.
23rd January 2017: new seating area for Blackie Woods
At the end of last year, local artist and outdoor educator, Andy Blackwell, worked with a group of young people to create a seating area and carved back board in Blackie Woods. This is part of our wider engagement with the local community to encourage positive and constructive interactions with the space. The young people worked on wood carving techniques during their youth sessions and helped install the final bench sections across two very wet weekends in December. The wood carvings show the birds which can be found in the woodland.
16th January 2017: Devonport EfW CHP Facility goes green for Argyle
As we have in the past, our Devonport Facility showed support for the City’s football team in the run up to their third round FA cup replay against Premiership giants Liverpool. 67 places separate the teams in the football league but Plymouth Argyle held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield, earning a replay at Home Park this week. ILC member, David Marks, took some photos of the lights . We wish Argyle every success in achieving promotion to League One at the end of this season.
Thursday 27th October 2016: Incinerator Liaison Committee
As previously advertised, our Liaison Committee meetings are held quarterly on the last Thursday of the month. Tonight’s meeting will take place in the visitor centre from 6:30pm and the next meeting will be on 26th January 2017.
Thursday 22nd September 2016: Odour Mitigation Update
As you may be aware, one of the items on our odour mitigation programme is maintenance to the waste bunker smoke vents located in the roof. Our contractor is on site today and they will need to open and close these vents in order to assess the work that still needs to be done and carry out essential maintenance. We will ensure that they are open for as short a time as possible but apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
Thursday 18th August 2016: Fire Engines on Site
Fire engines attended our site last night, as part of our standard procedure, due to a small smouldering fire in the waste bunker. The waste was fed into the furnace and the safety systems performed as they should, including opening the roof vents to clear the smoke. There were no explosions in the boiler and no cause for alarm.
Tuesday 2nd August 2016: Maintenance and odour update
Further to our update on 12th July, we can confirm that a number of additional steps have been taken to minimise the possibility of odours escaping from our Facility. Additional sealing works have been undertaken and measures have been put in place to increase the draw of air through the smelly areas and into the fire. We continue to fine-tune all of the systems and will keep you updated on our activities.
As part of our ongoing maintenance activities, this week has seen work being carried out on the smoke vents in the roof of the waste bunker. Unfortunately, this has required the smoke vents to be opened during the day both yesterday and today, resulting in the release of smells into the surrounding area. Our contractors are working to complete this maintenance as quickly as possible. We would like to apologise to those who have experienced unpleasant odours.
Wednesday, 13th July 2016: Awards for Plymouth student
Since 2012, MVV Energie and City College Plymouth have been engaged in a successful exchange program. One of the City College Plymouth students who took part in this year’s Erasmus Plus Exchange programme to MVV headquarters in Mannheim has been recognized for her achievements. In an awards ceremony she received both the Business and Enterprise Student of the Year and the special Enterprise Award. A full report can be found here.
Tuesday 12th July 2016: Improving odour control
During our recent maintenance shutdown, a number of residents have experienced unacceptable odours. The main cause of these issues is a technical defect with the shutdown filter fan system. We are addressing this fault as quickly as possible and the filter cartridges have been replaced in the interim to prevent future odour issues. Additionally, we will continue to seal further openings in the building. We are working closely with the Environment Agency to resolve the problem and would like to thank all of the residents who contacted us with their concerns. They have greatly helped us to identify areas for improvement in our operations.
Saturday, 9th July 2016: Official Opening
The Plymouth Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power Facility has today been officially opened by Councillor Roger Croad, chairman of the South-West Devon Waste Partnership (SWDWP) in the presence of Dr Georg Müller, CEO of MVV Energie AG, and Mr John Meaken, Head of Naval Safety at HMNB Devonport. The official opening was marked by the ringing of a large bell at the entrance to the Facility’s site. This bell is part of an artwork called “Redivivus” by the renowned Cornish artist Alastair Mackie. It was cast from aluminium recovered from the bottom ash of the waste combustion process in the Facility.
Tuesday 14th June 2016: Maintenance update
We are aware that odour has been noticeable in the vicinity of our Facility over the weekend. Investigations have found a smoke vent to be faulty and remaining open. This has now been remedied. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and assure you that we aim to operate considerately at all times.
Tuesday 7th June 2016: Annual maintenance shut-down
Every year we will shut down the Facility for around three weeks to carry out routine maintenance. During this period, we will continue to receive waste from the councils, keeping it out of landfill. This planned shut-down will usually take place in the summer and this year has commenced this week.
The maintenance shut-down will require additional contractors working across the site but the majority of the activity will be inside the operational areas of the Facility. You may notice more cars than usual in our car park and other vehicles around site. Staff will be working 24-hours a day (as they already do) but there will not be any noisy works taking place outside of buildings at night time.
The maintenance activities will mainly involve inspections and some replacements. There will also be some modifications on this occasion to improve the overall operation of the Facility.
23rd May 2016: Incinerator Liaison Committee (ILC)
The next ILC meeting will be held this Thursday, 26th May 2016, from 6:30pm in the visitor centre at the Facility. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Jane Ford, our Community Liaison Manager, on 01752 393156 / 07876 135632 or by email: email@example.com.
Meetings take place quarterly on the last Thursday of the month. These are open for anyone who is interested to attend but please register your interest with our Community Liaison Manager beforehand.
31st March 2016: Welfare Facilities
We have applied for planning permission to install three small buildings adjacent to our workshop/stores building at the southern end of our site. These will provide welfare facilities for contractors working on site during our scheduled maintenance shut-down in June. The planning application can be viewed on Plymouth City Council’s website via their planning portal and the planning application number is: 16/00550/FUL
29th March 2016: Lost property
On Tuesday 29th March a gold ring was found on the floor of our tipping hall. The ring had fallen from one of the waste delivery vehicles and has a distinctive inscription and hallmark. Anyone who believes the ring may belong to them should contact our Community Liaison Manager, Jane Ford, on 01752 393156 / 07876 135632 or via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that whilst we are keen to return the ring to its rightful owner, anyone trying to claim it will need to provide the correct inscription as a means of identification.
27th March 2016: Unplanned shut down
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to shut down our Facility in the early hours of this morning. The safety systems kicked in as they should and steam was vented from the roof of the boiler house. We would like to apologise for any disturbance this may have caused and assure you that our engineers are working hard to resolve the problem.
14th March 2016: Blackie Woods maintenance
The gates at either end of Blackie Woods are locked for two weeks so that we can undertake routine maintenance. This also gives us the opportunity to complete landscaping work on the new wildlife pond and creek viewing area. The gates will be unlocked on Monday 28th March.
26th February 2016: Erasmus Plus European exchange programme
A group of students from City College Plymouth completed a two week exchange visit to MVV headquarters in Mannheim. Working with their German exchange partners, the students completed two projects; they produced a virtual tour of the Energy from Waste Facility in Mannheim and developed a technical update for the presentation technique of this tour. Both of these are planned to be adapted to and integrated into the Visitor Centre at our Plymouth Facility.
18th February 2016: Incinerator Liaison Committee (ILC)
The next ILC meeting will be held next Thursday, 25th February 2016, from 6:30pm in the visitor centre at the Facility. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Jane Ford, our Community Liaison Manager, on 01752 393156 / 07876 135632 or by email: email@example.com
Future meetings will take place quarterly on the last Thursday of the month. These will be open for anyone who is interested to attend but please register your interest with our Community Liaison Manager beforehand.
27th January 2016: Women in STEM event
We were delighted to host the 5th Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) networking event at our Devonport EfW CHP Facility. With nearly 60 attendees, including educators and industry representatives, all sharing a common goal to encourage young people and especially girls to choose STEM subjects at school; the evening was a huge success with site tours, a technical presentation and STEM activities seeing the visitor centre full for the first time.
26th November 2015: Incinerator Liaison Committee (ILC)
Our recent ILC meeting was well-attended and minutes will be published online once agreed by the Committee at the next meeting. Minutes from previous meetings can be found here. The group discussed how meetings should be run going forward and it was agreed that the current committee membership was sufficient for making decisions but that future meetings should be more open, allowing members of the public to attend if they wish. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 25th February 2016 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the EfW Facility. This will be publicised on our website and in local media closer to the time.
25th November 2015: Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) Awards
The Devonport EfW CHP Project has won the Public Sector Award in the 2015 ADE awards. The judges were impressed with the scale and ambition of the project, particularly with how unusual it is. They noted how the flexibility of the design lent itself to future proofing the project by giving it a greater scope to widen the network in future.
12th November 2015: Incinerator Liaison Committee (ILC)
The next meeting of the ILC will be held on the evening of Thursday 26th November 2015 from 6:30 pm in the Community Area at the Energy from Waste Facility. We will be discussing how the group will function once the Facility is operational. Anyone with an interest in joining the ILC or attending a meeting to find out more should contact our Community Liaison Manager, Jane Ford, on 01752 393156 / 07876 135632 / firstname.lastname@example.org
28th October 2015: Blackie Woods
During the half term break a number of families came along to help clear litter from the path through the woods. Altogether, twenty bags of rubbish were collected of which five were recyclable materials such as plastic bottles, drinks cans and glass bottles. Another event will be arranged in due course to clear the hoggin path and deeper into the woods. We would like to encourage users of the woods to take any litter home with them for responsible disposal.
15th October 2015: MoD Sanctuary Awards
The Devonport EfW CHP Project was entered into the MOD’s internal Sanctuary Awards and won the Energy category. MVV’s Managing Director, Paul Carey, travelled up to MOD Headquarters in London to receive the award along with representatives from the MOD and Babcock.
2nd October 2015: Commissioning Update
We are in the final stages of commissioning our Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power Facility, having completed the first of a series of tests. Waste is being fed into the boiler continuously and the plant is generating electricity which diverts residual waste from landfill and reduces dependence on fossil fuels. So far we have diverted more than 77,000 tonnes of waste from landfill which has reduced waste miles and carbon emissions significantly.
Finishing works are underway, including landscaping and the creation of a drainage swale and wildlife pond to the north west of the Facility.
21st August 2015: Commissioning Update
We are currently commissioning the façade lighting on the east side of the Facility. Initially, the system will be commissioned by our sub-contractor during the day. Once the colours and intensity are properly adjusted, the lighting scheme will be tested in the early evening.
When this is done, the lights will be lit in the evenings, as required in our planning conditions.
12th August 2015: Commissioning Update
As we approach the final stages of commissioning our Facility we would like to thank our neighbours for their patience during this phase and apologise for any inconvenience these activities may have caused from time to time.
There have been some occasions when odour has escaped into the local community. Thanks to the help of residents who have contacted us at the time we have been able to identify the likely causes of odour release and take initial remedial action. A programme of further mitigation is underway as we continue to investigate and eliminate any remaining teething troubles.
21st July: 2015: Commissioning Update
We have commissioned the turbine and generated electricity for the first time. The facility is now shut down briefly for a final inspection before starting up again and completing a final run before putting it into commercial operation. We are using this period to make a number of small adjustments and improvements to further reduce any impacts on the local community.
22nd June 2015: Commissioning Update
We have recently commissioned an additional heat exchanger which allows us to recover yet more heat from the waste and turn it into useful energy in the form of electricity or steam. This may result in an increase in the visibility of the plume that comes out of the chimney. This plume is simply water vapour, just as you would get from a kettle or a central heating boiler in a house.
10th June 2015: Commissioning Update
As well as commissioning and testing of the operational areas of the Facility, there are a number of non-operational things which also need testing such as street lighting around the site and the lighting scheme on the east façade. This lighting scheme is part of the design agreed at the planning stage, following input from Plymouth City Council’s Urban Design Team, and it is necessary to test and perform electrical safety checks on the lights now that they are installed. Due to these checks, the lights were on last night. Once fully operational, these lights will be switched off at 11 pm so this was a one-off occurrence. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
8th June 2015: Commissioning Update
As we progress through the commissioning sequence we would like to keep you updated on current and future activities. We have been accepting waste since the end of April and burning waste as a fuel since the middle of May. During commissioning we will shut down the boiler and fire it back up a number of times as we test various operational and safety systems. Occasionally we may have an unplanned shut down but in all cases shut downs and start-ups are carefully controlled.
All planned start-ups and shut downs will take place during the day to minimise any disturbance. On the morning of Monday 1st June 2015 an unplanned boiler shut down resulted in the lifting of two safety pressure relief valves at 02:12 for a short duration. On restarting the boiler at 03:40, the start-up vent valve was opened in accordance with normal procedures. We acknowledge that this would have been noisy and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
15th May 2015: First Fire on Waste
Our facility has passed a series of thorough tests and is now nearing its operational state. Today, the first waste was successfully lit in the boiler. With the development progressing over the next weeks, work visible from the outside will approach normal operations. Next steps in the development include landscaping works and commissioning of the turbine, followed by the first energy being generated by the plant and fed into the grid.
27th April 2015: Commissioning Update
The first steps of the commissioning process have now been completed. The next stage will see waste being delivered to the Facility during the normal gate opening hours, which are:
|Monday to Friday||08.00 - 19.00|
|Saturday||08.00 - 18.00|
|Sunday and Bank Holidays||10.00 - 16.00|
Once we are ready to start burning waste, the boiler will be brought up to temperature using diesel oil initially and waste will be fed slowly onto the grate. Once the full waste flow is reached, the diesel oil burners will be switched off and the fire becomes self-sustaining. Further testing of the steam system will be carried out and wisps of steam may be visible from areas of the facility being tested, especially the roof.
16th March 2015: Commissioning Update
As part of the commissioning process, we will be conducting ‘dry runs’ for waste delivery and residues vehicles this week. No waste will be delivered to the site but there will be vehicles arriving and leaving. On Tuesday 17th March we are expecting four waste vehicles from the SWDWP local authorities; on Wednesday 18th March we are expecting three residues vehicles; on Thursday 19th March we are expecting approximately ten vehicles from our Commercial and Industrial waste customers.
The vehicles will be staggered throughout the day and will aim to avoid peak traffic times at Camels Head junction. Any other waste vehicles arriving at site are simply collecting waste from the construction site offices, as they have done throughout the construction period.
10th March 2015: Commissioning Update
As we progress through the commissioning process we would like to keep you informed of events that you may notice. Steam blowing continues on a daily basis to clean the pipes in advance of sending steam through the turbine. This photograph shows the various areas of the Facility where steam can be seen, with some additional explanation.
This week we will be testing the relief valve on the roof of the boiler, so more steam than usual will be visible from this area of the Facility and you may hear a noise like rushing air. This is a one-off activity.
9th March 2015: Clean the Creek 3 – thank you
We would like to thank all those who came along to help with our Clean the Creek activity on Saturday. A record number of residents attended and around 30 bags of rubbish were cleared from the creek and woods during the day.
Special thanks go to our Waste Operatives who organised the day and to PSG Recycling, who collected the rubbish at the end. Thanks also go to Devon Pasties for providing the refreshments and to Surplus Rescue for opening up to give us a base camp for the day.
4th March 2015: Clean the Creek 3
As part of our annual programme of marine litter monitoring and removal around Barne Brake and Weston Mill Creek, we have organised another ‘Clean the Creek’ event for this coming Saturday, 7th March, from 10:30am until 3:30pm. In past years, this event has been well supported by local residents, students and apprentices and we would like to invite anyone wishing to take part to join us on the day. Free food and refreshments will be provided and this is a good opportunity to see some of the off-site landscaping works that have been done as we will also be extending the litter picking into Blackie Woods.
We will meet at the Surplus Rescue Centre (at the bottom of Harbour and Hamoaze Avenues) at 10:30am for a safety briefing before heading off to the Creeks and woods in groups. This year’s event has been organised by our Waste Acceptance Operatives and other members of MVV’s operational team will also be helping out, so this is a good opportunity to meet the team and do something positive to benefit the local area. Last year’s helpers really enjoyed the experience.
2nd March 2015: Commissioning Update
Steam blowing commenced on Thursday 26th February 2015, with an officer from the Environment Agency in attendance. Noise monitoring was carried out before, during and after steam blowing and the results of this can be found in our ‘Links and Downloads’ section here.
We will continue steam blowing every day for about 15 minutes until the pipes are clean and we are satisfied that the steam no longer contains any dirt that could damage the turbine.
18th February 2015: Commissioning Update
The diesel oil burners have now been tuned and we are preparing to heat the boiler up for the first time. No waste will be used as fuel at this stage of the commissioning process. The next step will be steam blowing, to clean the pipes. Steam will be produced and blown through the pipes to clear out small particles of dirt. The steam is then blown out through a special pipe which has a silencer on the end. You may be able to hear a sound like rushing air which could last for around 15 minutes at a time and a cloud of water vapour will rise from the silencer.
During the first steam blowing activity, noise monitoring will be conducted by our consultants and by Plymouth City Council’s Public Protection Service. In addition, an officer from the Environment Agency will be on site to oversee this activity.
4th February 2015: Commissioning Update
As we progress through the initial stages of commissioning the Facility, we will continue to update information on our website.
Having completed the drying out of the boiler, the next step is to light it with diesel oil in order to tune the burners and get the mixture of air and fuel just right. No waste will be burnt yet and steam blowing will not take place for at least another week. It is possible however that a small amount of dark smoke may be visible from the chimney while the air/fuel mixture is adjusted. This is similar to that seen from ships idling in the Dockyard.
We will continue to keep you updated throughout the commissioning process.
28th January 2015: Meet the Artist
As previously announced, we are arranging a 'Meet the Artist' session to provide local people with the opportunity to discuss the developing design of the entrance sculpture to be installed at the Devonport EfW CHP Facility.
Alastair Mackie will be joining us at the Sheltered Housing Community Hall, Weston Mill, PL5 1BA, from 10:30 am on Monday 2nd February 2015. We would welcome any members of the community who would be interested in meeting Alastair and discussing this artwork to come along and join us too. Refreshments will be provided.
26th January 2015: First heating of the boiler
This weekend a plume has been visible over the chimney of the energy from waste CHP plant at Devonport for the first time. Currently, the boiler is being heated up, using external diesel burners. This causes residual moisture from within the boiler to evaporate. The water vapour condenses in the cold outside air at the top of the chimney, and is visible as a plume. In addition, there are small wisps of steam coming from vent pipes on the roof of the building.
5th December 2014: Construction site Christmas closure
The construction site will be closed completely on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Although the site will be open between 22nd December 2014 and 5th January 2015, there will be a reduced workforce and we trust that their activities will not cause undue disturbance. In case of emergencies or urgent enquiries, our site security can be contacted on: 07805 684516.
14th November 2014: Leonardo Da Vinci student exchange
As part of our partnership with City College Plymouth and following the successful visit by Plymouth apprentices to Mannheim earlier this year, eight apprentices from MVV in Germany came to Plymouth for two weeks to work with staff and students at City College Plymouth on engineering and business projects. The engineers worked in pairs to design miniature go-karts with a competition to design the one that would go closest to 10m under its own power. The business students produced an itinerary for a college trip to Mannheim, including costings, sight-seeing and leisure activities.
Thanks to the college for hosting the visit and arranging their activities, which included a trip to the almost complete Facility in North Yard.
30th October 2014: Artist selected for entrance sculpture
Following the work of local students and an open call for artists to submit proposals, five shortlisted artists were interviewed over the course of a day by a panel of judges. The judges included representatives from MVV, the SWDWP, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth City Art Gallery, a local Ward Councillor and a local resident. It was an extremely difficult decision and there was much discussion after the interviews. Finally, Alastair Mackie was selected by a unanimous decision of the panel and the exciting detailed design process has now begun.
Alastair’s work can be viewed on his website at: www.alastairmackie.com and his original proposal can still be viewed on our website here.
As the design develops Alastair will be seeking to engage with the local community and we will keep you updated on progress.
24th September 2014: Annual Fire Drill
The construction site annual fire drill will take place today and we would like to advise that the alarm may be audible outside the site boundary. Our closest neighbours have been warned via a special letter drop and the local fire brigade and MoD have also be informed. This is an important part of our safety procedures for the construction site and we trust that it does not cause undue disturbance.
17th September 2014: Entrance Sculpture Proposals
An opportunity to view the shortlisted proposals for the entrance sculpture will be provided in Weston Mill this Friday 19th September 2014. The display will include boards produced by the artists as well as a space for you to leave comments and a sticker system for indicating your preferred idea. It will take place at the community hall:
Weston Mill Drive, Camels Head, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 1EY
From 08:30 to 15:00 on Friday 19th September (please feel free to drop in at any time during this session)
10th September 2014: Entrance Sculpture
One of the planning conditions associated with the development of our Facility requires us to install a piece of public art at the entrance. Local schools and colleges have had the opportunity to provide input into this process and five artists have now been shortlisted for this commission. We would like to give residents a chance to give their opinions about the five proposals, which can be viewed here.
If you would like to express a preference for one of the designs or leave a comment, please do so by contacting our Community Liaison Manager, Jane Ford.
The proposals will also be on display in Barne Barton and Weston Mill for members of the public to view over the next two weeks. We will inform the public as soon as possible about venues and dates.
14th July – 1st August 2014: Talent Group visit
Eight students from MVV Energie in Mannheim, Germany took part in a three week exchange to City College Plymouth. The aim of their project was to develop short educational films to be used at Devonport Waste to Energy Visitor Centre.
The group of talented young students from Germany attended a programme which was designed and delivered by the College. Their programme included many visits to sites around the city in relation to research, recycling and the production of energy, such as Plymouth University, Plymouth City Council, Centrica and Devonport EfW CHP Facility.
Mike Stone, Academy Manager for Higher Education in Technology, Marine and Renewables said: "It’s been a pleasure working with MVV over the last two years, being part of both research projects hosted by City College Plymouth and being lucky enough to visit Mannheim and the well-established waste to energy power stations and experience the German education system. The eight students from Germany have been creative, motivated and have produced some excellent resources for the visitor centre."
The College has been working with MVV Energie in Germany on many projects over the last two years, and we hope to continue the cooperation in the future.
29th July 2014: Green Spaces
Ministry of Defence land at the top of Savage Road and Blackie Woods has been leased to us and is now available for the local community to enjoy. A number of improvements have been carried out by local landscaping contractor, Landscape Matters Ltd, including a kick-about area with seating and an interpretation panel as well as a traditional Devon hedgebank. Nature walks and further interpretation panels have been created in the woods which were not previously open to the public. The official opening ceremony included a ribbon cutting and presentation of footballs to Barne Barton Junior Rangers and other local youngsters who took part in a ‘beat-the-goalie’ competition. Paul Carey, Managing Director of MVV Environment Devonport Ltd stepped up as goalie on the day. Photographs can be seen here.
28th June 2014: Leonardo Da Vinci European exchange programme
City College Plymouth have been successfully running exchange programmes with the education department of MVV Energie in Mannheim since 2012. This year two staff, two apprentices and four Higher Education students from the college visited Mannheim for a two week project, working with their German counterparts to design and build a prototype of a kite beach buggy at MVV Energie’s engineering training facility.
The students commented on the strong team working ethos in Germany and the warm welcome they had received. One of the apprentices, Jacqui Snow has also appeared on the National Agency website as part of National Women in Engineering Day.
Hans-Joachim Mayer of MVV Energie said: "The program offers young people at the beginning of their career the opportunity to go abroad. This motivates them and gives them an insight into different kinds of training and cultures. Experiences with the program are beyond expectations. Cooperation with the college works perfectly, and our apprentices and students bring with them a real treasure of impressions, ideas and experiences."
28th May 2014: Students rewarded for creative work
Students from Stoke Damerel Primary school and City College Plymouth worked with local artists Noah Taylor, Christina Peters (both from Flameworks Creative Arts Facility) and Soraya Phillips (independent artist) to produce concept designs for the public art installation at the entrance to the EfW CHP Facility. The school and college each received a cheque for £250 as a 'thank you' for taking part in the project.
9th May 2014: Open call for artists announced
MVV Environment Devonport Ltd will commission a piece of public art to be installed at the entrance to the Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power Facility. Local students have had the opportunity to work with local artists and produced concept designs in response to the themes of recycling, energy and the environment.
8th April 2014: Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Awards
The Devonport Energy from Waste Facility construction site has been presented with a Gold Award at this year’s Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Awards, putting the site in the top one percent of 8,500 eligible projects nationwide.
The award was given to MVV Umwelt O&M GmbH as the principal contractor and subsidiary of German company MVV Umwelt. The award reflects the commitment of the whole site team, which is recognised on the certificate itself. A copy of the certificate can be found here.
24th February 2014: Sculpture competition
One of the planning conditions associated with our development requires us to commission and install a piece of public art near the entrance to the Facility. An initial competition for local school children has taken place, with students working alongside local artists to develop 3-D concept designs in response to the themes of recycling, waste and energy. A judging panel has been formed to choose five of these concepts to be incorporated into the artist brief for the final stage of the sculpture competition. This will involve an invitation to artists to submit proposals, short-listing of five artists to develop more detailed proposals and presentations by the artists to sell their proposals. Members of the local community will also be invited to the artists’ presentations providing an opportunity for them to make comments.
21st/22nd February 2014: ILC site visits
Following an increase in attendance at the latest ILC meeting, residents were invited to visit the construction site for a tour and explanation of the operational process as well as the flue gas cleaning systems. In total seven residents joined us for the visits and said that they felt much better informed about the project.
19th February 2014: Waste Crane Bridges
Wednesday 19th February saw a milestone for the construction project as a 500T crane was used to lift the two waste crane bridges onto the waste bunker walls. The bridges sit on rails at the top of the waste bunker walls and travel along these crane rails. Each bridge supports a grab which has a working capacity of around 5 tonnes of waste and travels along the crane bridge. The waste crane is used for mixing waste in the bunker and transferring it to the furnace feed hopper.
13th January 2014: Incinerator Liaison Committee (ILC)
The ILC was re-formed last year, with an increased membership and updated Terms of Reference. The objective of the ILC is to encourage discussion between interested parties of issues relating to the construction and operation of the EfW CHP facility. It is intended to be a forum for the open exchange of information.
The first meeting of 2014 will be held on Thursday 23rd January at Weston Mill Oak Villa Social club from 7pm. Meetings will last a maximum of two hours. Information about members, Terms of Reference and minutes from previous meetings can be found here.
8th January 2014: Sponsorship awarded
In the autumn round of sponsorship applications we received a request from a local resident-led gardening club and project. MED have sponsored this initiative as it aims to benefit local people by growing food, composting, collecting rainwater as well as educating children and adults about where their food comes from.
December 2013: North Yard Community Trust (NYCT)
The NYCT has awarded its first round of funding and new application forms are online for the next round. A public update from the Trust can be found here.
25th November 2013: Landscaping
The off-site landscaping works are starting to take shape, thanks to local firm Landscape Matters Ltd. As well as the informal kick-about pitch and the creation of a traditional Devon Hedgebank at the top of Savage Road, work has started inside Blackie Woods to improve the path along the old railway line and generally make the woods a beautiful area for visitors to enjoy. Whilst Landscape Matters Ltd are working in the woods, they are not open to the public, however they are on track to have substantially completed work ready for the woods and pitch to be opened up in spring 2014. Some progress photographs can be found here.
21st October 2013: Incinerator Liaison Committee (ILC)
An open meeting of the ILC was held at the end of September to encourage more residents to join the group. The Terms of Reference have been updated and all those present agreed that they were happy for the minutes of meetings to be published on our website. The updated Terms of Reference and draft minutes from September’s meeting can be found here.
7th October 2013: Non Destructive Testing and inspection activities
Non Destructive Testing and inspection activities commenced last week over the course of Wednesday and Thursday evenings, in accordance with the approved scheme. Noise monitoring was also carried out for the whole duration at three different receptors. According to the noise report, noise from site was minimal to non-existent and we will endeavour to ensure that future out of hours activities are similarly unobtrusive. For urgent enquiries out of normal site working hours, site security can be contacted on: 07805 684516.
23rd September 2013: Last part of chimney secured
The chimney for our EfW CHP Facility has now been successfully erected and secured. The last of the four sections was lifted into place today, so that the chimney now stands at its final height of 95 metres. Photographs of the chimney sections being lifted into position can be found here.
16th September 2013: Chimney arrives on site
The chimney arrives on site today in four sections, the shortest being approximately 19m in length and the longest is approximately 27m. Two very large cranes will lift the sections into place and they will be bolted together by operatives standing on temporary platforms attached to the chimney sections. Weather-permitting the first two chimney sections will be erected on Tuesday and the final two on Wednesday. The two rows of flight safety lights in the middle and at the top of the chimney will comply with the regulations of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The final height of the chimney is 95 metres. This height was determined using a sophisticated environmental model, approved by the Environment Agency, and is designed to minimise any potential impact of the EfW CHP plant on air quality.
September 2013: Incinerator Liaison Committee (ILC)
Since the planning stage of our project we have endeavoured to engage with the local community and part of this commitment has been to arrange regular meetings where people can ask questions and expect answers directly from us. These meetings run as a forum for open discussion, not just with MVV, but also with representatives from the waste partnership, Ministry of Defence and Plymouth City Council. This Committee has proven to be a valuable platform of discussion and information for everybody involved. We would therefore like to invite anyone who is interested in joining the ILC to attend a public meeting on Thursday 26th September 2013, from 6pm onwards, at Tamar View Community Centre in Barne Barton.
26th August 2013: Sponsorship
As a local employer, we are often asked to sponsor, for example, sports teams, community events and charity activities. We are delighted to announce that in our first round of sponsorship we are supporting Weston Mill Oak Villa Under 10s Junior Football team by providing new kit and training equipment. We also sponsored the annual Barne Barton Music Festival and Fun Day on the 26th August 2013. We will shortly be considering applications for the next round of sponsorship and information as well as application forms are available here.
17th July 2013: Second Clean the Creek event
Local volunteers from amongst the MoD's apprentices and the University of Plymouth's environmental sciences department as well as members of the MVV team spent a very hot few hours removing litter from the banks of the tidal creek next to the construction site. The event forms part of MVV's commitment to monitor and remove litter from this area every year and was organised by Andy Smith, Director for Local Government Affairs at MVV. Items found included two mattresses, articles of clothing, plastic bags, cans and bottles. Altogether, nearly a full skip's worth of rubbish was removed and those involved were rewarded with bacon sandwiches (complete with brown sauce) and cold drinks from the site canteen. Andy Smith said, "The day has been a real success and I would like to thank everyone who came along to support us."
1st July – 19th July 2013: MVV Energie Talent Group visit Plymouth
Six enthusiastic students from MVV Energie’s education department visited Plymouth for three weeks to undertake a research project and to learn about waste management and its image in the UK. The visit was organised by City College Plymouth, who hosted the students during their stay. Thanks to the strong links between Mannheim and the College, forged through the Leonardo European Exchange Programme, the Talent Group will return to Plymouth every year instead of going to Canterbury University (as has been the case previously). Jane Ford, Community Liaison Manager for MVV Environment Devonport Ltd said, "It has been an absolute pleasure to work with this group of students and it has been truly inspirational. They have shown just what can be achieved in a very short space of time and really set a benchmark for future students."
29th April – 10th May 2013: City College Plymouth students visit Mannheim
Four students and two apprentices from City College Plymouth have just returned from a two-week exchange trip to Mannheim in Germany. The visit is part of the Leonardo European exchange programme and follows on from staff exchange visits in August and November last year. The students had a very positive experience and apprentices and staff from MVV will visit Plymouth later this year. The press release about this exchange can be found here.
8th May 2013: North Yard Community Trust issue public statement
The North Yard Community Trust will be holding their first Public General Meeting on Monday 13th May and have issued a public statement and invitation which can be found here. The meeting will include an opportunity to meet the Trustees from each area and find out how to apply for funds from the Trust.
28th March 2013: North Yard Construction Newsletter March is distributed
In our construction newsletter we inform about the activities on site at North Yard, Devonport, until the end of spring 2013. The current status of the construction works is illustrated by pictures in relation to our construction site. The newsletter was distributed to over 1000 households in the area. If you're interested, copies are available from our construction site office and can be downloaded as pdf in our links and downloads section.
21st March 2013: Latest Considerate Constructors Scheme monitoring visit
The last monitoring visit resulted in a very positive report with the full five marks achieved for both the respectful and responsible categories. In addition to this good score the site has been awarded a certificate for ‘Performance Beyond Compliance’ which can be seen in our links and downloads section. We continue to strive to be as considerate as possible during the construction phase of this project.
14 th February 2013: Revised landscaping scheme for Savage Road land
Due to the discovery of a gas main running alongside Savage Road in the grass area, the original landscaping scheme proved to be impractical. Our environmental consultants have amended the scheme to reflect the necessary changes and a new proposal has been submitted to Plymouth City Council’s planning department for approval. The main change is to put the trees and “Devon Bank” along the south side of the grass area, with the fence along the north side. The informal playing area remains. A plan showing the proposed scheme can be found in our links and downloads section here.
11th February 2013: 200,000 working hours without incident
Our project at Devonport has reached a significant H&S milestone: Devonport EfW has worked over 200,000 man hours without a single reportable injury or occurrence. This figure demonstrates the positive safety culture of the project and the high priority of Health&Safety within the team.
31st January 2013: Main piling work finished
The piling works that had been ongoing since late summer have come to an end. More than 760 holes were drilled and filled with concrete. These piles now offer a secure foundation for the concrete slabs and walls of the plant which will be poured over the coming weeks.
21st January 2013: Landscaping works
Visible landscaping works have now begun in earnest, with 18 trees being planted along Savage Road. These trees will help to screen the plant from the closest residents and were part of a planning condition associated with the planning permission. Further landscaping works will include more planting along Savage Road, the creation of a Devon Hedgebank and an informal sports pitch. Other improvements within Blackie Woods will take place but will be carefully timed to avoid disturbing local birds during the nesting season.
December 2012: North Yard Community Trust
The resident and Councillor Trustees have begun meeting in shadow form to agree the legal terms for the Trust and discuss how the funding should be managed. £300, 000 will be available once the Trust is ready to take applications. The Trustees have released a public statement which can be found in the links and downloads section or on their website.
December 2012: Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
MVV has joined the Chamber in order to work more closely with local businesses and support the Local Employment Scheme, for example by encouraging smaller businesses to work together and bid more competitively for tenders during the construction phase of the project.
5th October 2012: Next meeting of the ILC
The Incinerator Liaison Committee enables members of the community to get involved and discuss with MVV those questions relevant to the local community. The next meeting of the ILC will take place on Thursday, 11th October, 6pm, at Tamar View Community Centre. New members are welcome!
3rd September 2012: New portal for NYCT nominees
Plymouth City Council have set up a portal where nominees for the Trust can be seen and dates for voting are advertised: http://plymouth.consult.limehouse.co.uk
27th July 2012: Website for North Yard Community Trust
Plymouth City Council have set up a page on their website for the North Yard Community Trust. This includes the approved plan for the Trust as well as information about how to nominate people for the trust and arrangements for voting: http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/communitytrust
17th July 2012: Three laptop computers for locals
The computer facilities sum of £1000, which was part of the Section 106 agreement, has been used to buy three laptops for local people to use. The laptops are stored at Tamar View Community Complex and can be accessed free of charge. In the long term, these facilities will enable residents to access monitoring data and other information about the Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power facility. In the short term they are being used to support people who are looking for work but have no internet access, through a work club which runs every Tuesday morning between 9 and 11:30am at the Tamar View Resource Centre, Barne Barton.
June 21st 2012: Preliminary works progress update
The preliminary works for the construction of the EfW CHP plant at North Yard are progressing. In a presentation to the Incinerator Liaison Committee, our Community Liaison Officer Jane Ford updated members on the current state of the works. The presentation can be downloaded here.
May 31st 2012: Roadworks ahead
Between Friday 8th June and Sunday 10th June 2012, some roadworks around Camel's Head Gate will be taking place. Following the widening of the North Yard Access Road, we will be carrying out surfacing works and line marking. During this period, the North Yard Access Road and Camels Head Gate will be closed to traffic. Alternative access to the Dockyard is being arranged by the MOD and access along Wolseley Road and Weston Mill Drive will not be restricted. See our letter to the nearby residents for more information.
May 31st 2012: Partnership Awards’ Grand Prix for project Devonport
MVV Environment Devonport Ltd has been awarded the Grand Prix for the best national Public Private Partnership project for its Energy from Waste with Combined Heat and Power scheme in Devonport. Additionally, the Devonport project won the "Best Waste/Energy/Water Project" category and was "highly commended" in "Best Sustainability in a Project" category. The South West Devon Waste Partnership team won the award for "Best Local Government Project Team". The prizes were awarded by the business magazine "Partnerships Bulletin". For more details, see our press release.
6th March 2012: Environmental Agency issues environmental permit
The Environmental Agency has issued an environmental permit for the operation of the Energy from Waste Combinded Heat and Power Plant at North Yard, Devonport. Following the granting of planning permission by Plymouth City Council and the signing of the Section 106 agreement, which sets out a wide package of benefits for the local area, MVV Environment are now able to move forward with this important project for South West Devon. The permit itself and the documents accompanying the application can be viewed and downloaded here.
20th February 2012: North Yard Construction News issued
The preliminary works for the construction of the Energy from Waste plant at North Yard, Devonport, are about to start. We have put together the first of a series of construction newsletters with information about what is going to happen during spring 2012 on the site. You can read and download the brochure here.
3rd February 2012: Plymouth City Council issues formal decision note
Plymouth City Council has issued the planning decision notice for the Energy from Waste Plant at North Yard, Devonport. The notice follows the signing of a Section 106 agreement which contains a number of provisions that will be beneficial for the area where the EfW plant will be built, including the setting up of a Community Fund. The complete agreement can be viewed and downloaded here.
22nd December 2011: Planning Committee of PCC grants Planning Application
The decision by the planning committee of Plymouth City Council to grant Planning Permission for an Energy from Waste plant at North Yard, Devonport, has been welcomed by MVV Environment Devonport as the applicant. The application approval is subject to the signing of a Section 106 agreement. This will include the setting up of a Community Fund, a significant financial contribution to enable low carbon infrastructure to be developed in the City plus further matters of public concern such as traffic infrastructure, enhancement of open space, biodiversity and the monitoring of emissions from the plant.
14th December 2011: EA draft permission and report from PCC planning department
The planning department of Plymouth City Council has published its report on the Planning Application for the EfW plant (click here). Planners have recommended the approval of the Planning Application subject to the imposition of the recommended conditions and a section 106 agreement which accords with the heads of terms set out in the report. The Planning Committee of Plymouth City Council will consider the application in a meeting on the 22nd December, starting at 10am in the Council Chamber.
Additionally, the Environmental Agency (EA) has issued a draft permit for the operation of the Energy from Waste plant at North Yard, Devonport (contained within Planning Application report link above). The draft states that the EA is minded to grant the operational permit, subject to certain conditions and pending a public consultation which will take place from 19th December, 2011 to 3rd February, 2012. Following the consultation period the EA will finally decide on the application.
11th November 2011: Further information submitted
MVV Environment Devonport Ltd has submitted to Plymouth City Council further supplementary information in support of its planning application. The package includes information on bottom ash alternatives, road drainage, an updated safety and visual assessment. The further information can be found here.
26th October 2011: MVV means business
MVV Environment Devonport Ltd has reviewed the high level of interest shown by over 150 people who attended the company’s Industry and Employment Day at Tamar Science Park, Plymouth. The event was held to give local businesses the chance to showcase their goods and services to MVV and its subcontractors. There were also a wide range of employment opportunities on offer, which attracted jobseekers from around the region.
14th September 2011: MVV provides planners with additional information
MVV Environment Devonport Ltd has provided further information to Plymouth City Council’s Planning Department. The Council had issued a Regulation 19 Notice to MVV, seeking clarification on a number of issues in the planning application which MVV submitted in May. The detailed additional information can be found here.
31st August 2011: MVV office extends opening hours
Starting on 5th September, MVV Environment Devonport Ltd will extend the opening hours of ist Plymouth office. To enable people who are at work during the day to call in, the office will be open on Mondays until 7.30 pm. Additionally, MVV carries on with outreach sessions in various locations in the area. Details of these sessions can be found here.
16th August 2011: MVV undertaking piling work at North Yard
MVV Environment Devonport Ltd will be drilling a small number of test piles to check the condition of the ground where the company is proposing to develop an Energy from Waste Combined Heart and Power (EfW CHP) facility. The nature of the work requires approval from Plymouth City Council. Accordingly, MVV has now submitted a planning application.
2nd August 2011: MVV's experience in Germany
Those interested in MVV's experience in Germany can access the English version of MVV Umwelt's website. There is a wealth of information about MVV and the download section has several factsheets on MVV's existing plants and two corporate movies; one about MVV's latest plant in Mannheim and the other about the baling system in MVV's plant in Leuna.
28th July 2011: MVV holds community drop-in sessions
MVV Environment Devonport Ltd is arranging a series of drop-in sessions to give local people a chance to ask questions or raise any concerns in one-to-one meetings. This initiative is part of MVV's continued commitment to keep the community informed and provide the opportunity for further feedback, questions and discussion.
Paul Carey, Managing Director of MVV Environment Devonport Ltd, said: "We are very happy with the reception of our latest round of exhibitions and the feedback we have received. We have talked to many people about their expectations and their thoughts on this project, and we want to continue this process. We appreciate that not everyone who wants to is able to visit our office, so we are arranging these sessions in the community, including one in the evening at the central library, to give more local people a chance to meet us and discuss the scheme in person."
Those who are interested can phone Amanda Booth to arrange a timeslot on 01752 565412 for a specific one-to-one discussion, or alternatively, just call in to one of the venues below on the days and times indicated.
|Central Library, Drake Circus||4.30 pm - 7.30 pm||1 Aug, 5 Sept, 3 & 31 Oct,|
|10 am - 12 noon||3 Aug, 7 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov|
|St Budeaux Community Hall||10 am - 12 noon||10 Aug, 14 Sept, 12 Oct, 9 Nov|
|Tamar View Community Centre|
|10 am - 12 noon||24 Aug, 28 Sept, 26 Oct, 23 Nov|
Please note that the office will not be staffed during these times.
5th July 2011: MVV's environmental permit application out for consultation
MVV has submitted an environmental permit application to the Environment Agency. Please also see MVV's press release on the application.
15th June 2011:
Defra has published a highly anticipated review of current waste management practices and respective government policies. The review acknowledges that energy from waste technologies can contribute to the UK's renewable energy generation and help in preventing some of the negative greenhouse gas impacts of waste in landfill. Defra also says that higher efficiency approaches such as CHP will be increasingly required from EfW projects. MVV's plans to build a highly efficient EfW CHP plant to supply both electricity and steam to the Naval Base are fully in line with this. The full report is available for download here.
14th June 2011: 3D computer animation of proposed EfW CHP plant is now online
During ist exhibitions in June 2011, MVV shows a 3D animation of the proposed EfW CHP plant. The animation is now available for download here. Please note that due to the size of the file, download may take some time.
8th June 2011: Boards of public exhibitions in June 2011 are now online
MVV is currently holding a further series of public exhibitions on its plans for an Energy from Waste plant at North Yard, Devonport (Exhibition locations and dates can be found here.)
The exhibition boards from June 2011 can be downloaded here.
26th May 2011: MVV's planning application for EfW out for public consultation
MVV Environment Devonport Ltd has submitted a planning application for an Energy from Waste plant with Combined Heat and Power at North Yard, Devonport to manage the residual waste from Plymouth, Devon and Torbay on behalf of the South West Devon Waste Partnership. The application has been registered by Plymouth City Council, the local planning authority, which will now consult on the scheme.
MVV reviewed its initial proposals following extensive public consultation in February and the revised scheme now forms part of the planning application.
Please download the full press release here.
26th May 2011: MVV to carry out further public consultation
MVV Environment Devonport Ltd announces a further series of public exhibitions on its plans for an Energy from Waste plant at North Yard, Devonport. The exhibition locations and dates can be found here.
MVV will also hold a public exhibition in Buckfastleigh on its plans at Whitecleave Quarry. The exhibition location and date can be found here.back to top
MVV Environment Devonport Ltd.
Devonport EfW CHP Facility
Telephone: +44 1752 393 150