Worcestershire County Council has approved £125m of funding for a waste to energy plant in Hartlebury.
Worcestershire Country Council and Herefordshire Council, who are jointly funding the project, approved plans late in December.
The plant, named EnviRecover, will be managed by Mercia Waste Management, which is owned by Focsa and Urbaser, which are owned by the Spanish company FCC.
The plant will have a capacity of around 200,000 tonnes per year, which is the right size to manage all the residual waste from the two counties, after recycling and composting, Mercia state.
Mercia Waste Management – “We are pleased that the councils have approved the recommendation contained within the cabinet report. We are primed and ready to press on with contract variation, construction and commissioning of this essential piece of waste management infrastructure”
It will also provide up to 15.5MW of electricity for distribution to the local grid, enough electricity to supply around 20,000 homes, and will be capable of providing direct heat/steam/space cooling for local businesses and industries.
Herefordshire Council, which is likely to pay an extra £40m towards the plant, according to the BBC, will discuss the plans on 7 February.
The site will create 30 permanent jobs and around 200 jobs during the construction process, Mercia said.
“We are pleased that the councils have approved the recommendation contained within the cabinet report,” Mercia said in a statement. “We are primed and ready to press on with contract variation, construction and commissioning of this essential piece of waste management infrastructure. Envirecover will virtually eliminate the need for landfilling residual municipal waste across the two Counties, whilst generating valuable renewable energy.”