A plant that converts rubbish into energy at Billingham, Teesside has officially been opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent KG.
He gave the royal thumbs up to the energy-from-waste facility, which was developed by a SITA-led consortium.
They bagged a £727 million contract from the South Tyne & Wear Waste Management Partnership (STWWMP), made up of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils, in 2011.
The facility will treat 190,000 tonnes of residual waste from across the three councils every year and generate 20MW of electricity – enough to power around 30,000 homes.
Councillor Peter Mole, Chair of the STWWMP’s Joint Executive Committee said: “These new developments are the realisation of our very ambitious plans to significantly reduce our reliance on landfill and provide our residents with a greener waste management service.”
SITA UK’s partners in the consortium are Lend Lease Infrastructure (EMEA) Ltd and I-Environment Investments Ltd (ITOCHU Corporation).