Urbaser Balfour Beatty to build EfW plant in Gloucestershire
Urbaser Balfour Beatty has been named preferred bidder by Gloucestershire County Council to design, build and operate an energy-from-waste facility in Haresfield.
The facility at Javelin Park will divert over 91% of Gloucestershire's residual municipal waste from landfill and generate an estimated 116,000MW hours of electricity annually - sufficient to power more than 25,000 homes.
A special feature of the proposal is on-site recycling of the bottom ash to produce a sustainable aggregate replacement. Throughout the life of the 25 year contract, Urbaser expects to recycle enough metals from the waste to build the equivalent of over 6,000 Javelin jet fighter planes.
The output from the plant will also increase Gloucestershire's renewable energy production by over 50%, according to Urbaser's project director, Javier Peiro.
He said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected as preferred bidder by Gloucestershire County Council. We wish to thank all of the local residents who attended the two public exhibitions as part of our pre-planning consultation and those that have commented on our proposal to date.
"We have taken into account all feedback received and we will continue to work closely with the community to ensure our facility protects the environment and delivers real local benefits."
The facility has been designed to be sympathetic to the characteristics and local history of the area. An education and visitor centre will provide a meeting and event space for the local community.