NLWA appoints Programme Director to lead construction of new energy recovery facility

5 Nov 2018

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has appointed David Cullen to be the Programme Director, responsible for delivery of its North London Heat and Power Project. This nationally significant infrastructure project involves the construction of an energy recovery facility and supporting infrastructure at Edmonton in the London Borough of Enfield. 

David Cullen

David Cullen takes up the post today (5 November).

A Chartered Engineer, David brings over thirty-five years of experience of major infrastructure projects in the energy and defence sectors. Over the last twenty years with major companies including Mott MacDonald and Jacobs, he has provided programme, project and commercial management expertise in leadership roles to clients such as the MOD, Statkraft and National Grid, most recently on projects such as the Devoll Hydropower Project in Albania and major defence facilities around the UK for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

The role

The NLWA is taking forward plans for a new energy recovery facility. This facility will provide a long-term sustainable solution for disposing of the waste of the 2 million residents living in the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.

The plant will be capable of treating 700,000 tonnes of residual waste a year and converting it into 70 MegaWatts of electricity – enough to power 127,000 homes. The project is of national importance and the necessary Development Consent Order has been approved by Government.  It is expected that the first preparatory work on site will begin in 2019 and the new plant will be in operation in the mid -2020s.

David will lead the work to ensure construction is planned and managed efficiently and safely in the interests of council tax payers. His appointment shows that the Authority is gearing up with the experience and skills which will turn the project into reality.


Notes to editors:

  • The North London Waste Authority (NLWA was established in 1986 and is the waste disposal authority for Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. Its primary function is to arrange the transport and disposal of waste collected by these boroughs. NLWA is the second largest waste disposal authority in the country. More information on NLWA can be found at
  • The NLHPP is NLWA’s project to construct an energy recovery facility and associated plant to replace the existing energy from waste facility at the Edmonton EcoPark, which is expected to reach the end of its operational life around 2025. Further information about the project is available by visiting the project website at

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