Kelvin Energy Recovery Facility

Careys was awarded an enabling package of works at the Kelvin Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in West Bromwich, West Midlands, by principal contractor Acconia, on behalf of the client, Enfinium.




West Bromwich

Principal Contractor


When operational, Kelvin will divert 395,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household and business waste from landfill or export overseas. Instead, it will use residual waste to generate 44MW (gross) of renewable baseload energy per annum, equivalent to the needs of more than 95,000 UK homes.

Located on a site owned by Giffords Property, the facility is strategically located to treat non-recyclable waste from a catchment area which has a projected capacity shortfall of over 2M tonnes per annum.

The enabling works package, scheduled to last 28 weeks, and constrained by an extremely tight site boundary - the M5 motorway and canal to the south, residential housing to the north and industrial units to the east - includes:

  • Removal of all trees and vegetation
  • Site clearance
  • Demolition of existing structures and walls
  • Removal of existing building foundations
  • Additional geotechnical campaign
  • Crushing existing concrete pavement for reuse
  • Cut and fill earthworks
  • Construction of working platforms
  • Removal, interfacing and diverting existing site services
  • Construction of new retaining walls on northeast and south boundaries
  • Trenching to enable installation of new utilities
  • Temporary site drainage
  • Perimeter fencing

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