Veolia’s Staffordshire Energy Recovery Facility Opens

16-05-14(5)picA new state of the art energy recovery facility, which will save Staffordshire taxpayers £250m over 25 years was officially opened this week (14 May 2014) in Staffordshire by HRH the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO. 

The 25 year PFI contract is the biggest in Staffordshire County Council’s history and is set to deliver tax savings to the residents of Staffordshire of about £10m a year to a total of over £250m during its twenty-five year life.

The facility, which has been built with the latest technologies has been developed by Veolia in partnership with CNIM Clugston Staffordshire Ltd and is helping Staffordshire County Council to reach its target of Zero Waste to Landfill.

The facility will generate enough power for 35,000 homes and has created 40 new jobs.

During construction, this project has helped the local economy by sourcing 87 percent of the workforce and a large proportion of the supply chain locally.

Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia – “New infrastructure like this, which utilises the latest technologies, is vital if the UK is to meet landfill diversion targets and reduce carbon emissions”

Speaking at the event, Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia executive vice president UK and Ireland said: “The development of the new plant is all part of the ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ strategy, which is tackling head on the growing problem of domestic waste. We are dedicated to maximising recycling first, and then recovering energy from the leftover residual waste.

“New infrastructure like this, which utilises the latest technologies, is vital if the UK is to meet landfill diversion targets and reduce carbon emissions. It can also bring significant economic benefits and by working closely with Staffordshire County Council we are helping stimulate economic growth and improve environmental performance.”

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: “The Four Ashes W2R site provides us with a leading facility which delivers huge savings, renewable energy, jobs and an educational offer.

“It is another example of how we have successfully carried out a major infrastructure project which will make a real difference to Staffordshire people. It means we are meeting our zero waste to landfill pledge and creating energy for homes and business at the same time, which is becoming increasingly important. In addition to the facility generating energy for the grid, we are also looking to use heat created for nearby business sites.

“In developing the facility, 85 per cent of the construction workforce came from Staffordshire while 95 per cent of equipment used was procured from the county.

“Throughout development we have worked with the community alongside our partners Veolia and will continue to do so. An education centre on site will be open to schools from Staffordshire and the surrounding areas – helping young people understand why it is important to recycle and that energy is a finite resource.”

 

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