Multi million pound waste project takes shape>
Press release - 10 May 2012
Multi million pound waste project takes shape
Building work on a new energy-from-waste facility at Haverton Hill on Teesside has reached the first anniversary of its construction phase.
In the first year of works, more than 26,000 tonnes of concrete has been poured, over 2,500 tonnes of steel used and 265,000 man hours have gone into the construction of the facility’s two processing lines.
SITA UK is building the 256,000-tonne per annum capacity plant on behalf of the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership which comprises Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils.
Last year a SITA Consortium won a 25-year contract to treat 190,000 tonnes of non-recycled waste each year from the three councils’ 284,000 households. The facility will use a high-tech burning process to convert the rubbish into energy.
Construction of the new plant will create 300 temporary jobs during the building stage and up to 40 new permanent positions once the site is fully operational in 2014.
The facility will generate around 20.5 MW of electricity from the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership’s waste.
The development will add to SITA UK’s existing energy-from-waste capacity on Teesside. The new plant will neighbour an existing facility which is operated in partnership with Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees and Northumberland County councils. The facility allows municipal and non-hazardous industrial and commercial waste to be diverted away from landfill by using it to generate power for the national grid.
Peter Mole, Chairman of the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership, said: “It is fantastic to see the rapid progress that has been made on site over the last 12 months. This state-of-the-art facility will allow us to significantly reduce our reliance on landfill and provide our residents with a greener waste management service.”
SITA UK Project Director, Andy Stokes said, “This huge investment is helping SITA UK to create a hub on Teesside for modern sustainable technologies that replace fossil fuels. It’s also helping to create jobs and at the same time allowing us to generate enough additional electricity to power the equivalent of 30,000 households or a town about the size of Stockton.”
Three associated transfer stations and a visitor and education centre will also be developed within Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. The transfer stations will sort and ‘bulk up’ the waste before it is transported to Teesside.