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Energy from waste projects bring more jobs.

A SERIES of energy-from-waste plant announcements in 2010 will turn Teesside into a hub for the technology - and create more jobs for the area. Just last month, SITA UK on Teesside revealed it's in the running for a pounds 1.2bn contract to turn household waste from Merseyside into green energy.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) has whittled its shortlist down to two bidders for the 30-year PFI contract.

If SITA UK wins the tender, its recently-announced green energy plant -Wilton 11 - will turn the waste into electricity, diverting around 500,000 tonnes a year from landfill.

Wilton 11, a 35 megawatt green power plant, will divert 400,000 tonnes of non-hazardous office and household waste a year from landfill and turn it into super-green energy. The plant, believed to be worth around pounds 200m, will create 50 permanent jobs and 200 construction jobs during a three-year build, while safeguarding many more in the supply chain.

In a separate project, SITA UK is doubling its Energy-from-Waste capacity at Haverton Hill, creating one of the largest UK facilities of its kind and more than 160 new jobs.

Also last month, global energy leader, US-based Air Products, held a public consultation on plans for its pioneering gasification plant at Haverton Hill.

The first of its kind in Europe, the project will take household waste and turn it into electricity - but it also has the future capability of revolutionising the UK waste process sector and making Teesside a leader in energy from next-generation biofuels to hydrogen technology.

"Air Products looked worldwide for suitable sites," said Nigel Flintoft, of Impetus Reclamation, developers of the business park where the plant is to be located.

"It's fantastic for the area, it's innovative technology, exactly what the Tees Valley is promoting itself."

Teesside could become a leader for energy-from-waste technology, amid warnings fired by the CBI last month that the UK may be faced with Euro landfill fines of pounds 182.5m a year - but the business body also says the country has the capacity to quadruple the energy it generates from waste within five years.


PIONEERING GASIFICATION PLANT: Nigel Flintoft, of Impetus Reclamation
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2010
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