The project is a brand new waste treatment facility, which will separate recyclable materials from household waste and generate green electricity at the same time.

The plant will use DONG Energy's patented REnescience technology and will be the first full-scale bio plant in the world capable of handling household waste through enzymes, mechanical sorting and anaerobic digestion.

How it works

​REnescience is a safe, reliable technology that does not involve waste incineration. It uses enzymes, mechanical sorting and anaerobic digestion to produce biogas and generate approximately 5 MW of renewable electricity, as well as clean recyclable materials and other products.

The plant will treat up to 120,000 tonnes of waste per year equivalent to the waste from approximately 110,000 UK homes. The technology is very efficient at capturing organic materials and can help to increase recycling rates by extracting clean materials such as plastic bottles.

Learn more about the technology


​REnescience Northwich received planning consent from Cheshire West and Chester Council on 2 February 2016. The facility is expected to be fully operational by early 2017, at which stage it will employ around 24 full-time employees. Constructing and maintaining the facility will also create jobs for the local community.


February:  Planning consent granted & construction work began onsite

September: Environmental permit awarded

October: Commissioning begins on parts of the facility

December: First Power


May: Final phase handover/launch of site 

Video Library

​How does the technology work?



DONG Energy & REnescience




Local Liaison CommitteeLocal Liaison Committee

A Local Liaison Committee was formed early in 2016 to gather feedback and opinions from local residents and provide information to the community during construction, through commissioning and into the facility’s operational phase.

DONG Energy is committed to maintaining regular communication with residents and businesses and answer any questions, listen to their feedback and keep them informed of progress.

You can contact members of the committee with specific questions if you wish – please see the contact details below:

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Community Representative

Lostock Gralam Parish Council

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​We produce regular newsletters about the project. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletters to stay up-to-date on the latest developments of the project.

For access to previous newsletters, click the links in the Read More section below.

2017 Newsletters


2016 Newsletters



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Further InformationFurther Information

If you'd like to learn more about the project, access additional material by clicking the links in the Read More section below.

About the project

Frequently Asked Questions
Information panels
Exhibition leaflets

Location & Images

Site maps & Potential layouts
Proposed design
Photomontages: Existing & Proposed views

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If you have any further enquiries, please use the contact details below to get in touch. We will also be updating this page so check back soon and often!


Email:    northwich@dongenergy.co.uk

Phone:   01244 940663