Waste-to-energy plant work to begin in April

Construction work at the county’s first Energy from Waste (EfW) plant will begin in North Hykeham in April, Lincolnshire County Council announced.

The council signed on March 4 the contract with the preferred bidder for the facility, Waste Recycling Group (WRG).

Work to build the plant on 3.1 hectares of land at North Hykeham is expected to begin next month.

It could then be up and running as soon as September 2013.

The EfW will be built in North Hykeham on 3.1 hectares of land and will include a visitor centre. The new facility will also create 33 jobs in the city.

The project will treat 150,000 tonnes of residual waste a year in the county and will also generate electricity from the waste, for selling to the National Grid.

As previously reported, the amount of electricity created could power up to 10,000 homes across the UK.

The project has been led by the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership (LWP) which appointed WRG to design, build and operate the EfW facility for the county.

Councillor Lewis Strange, Chairman of the LWP, said: “The facility will avoid the spiralling costs of sending waste that can’t be recycled to landfill, saving the authority millions of pounds each year in rising taxation and new EU fines.

“To have reached this stage just 30 months after advertising the contract could well be record pace, which is testimony to the dedicated work behind the scenes at the authority along with the support of local people and councillors.”

Paul Taylor, WRG’s Chief Executive, added: “We are looking forward to getting to work with the County Council to deliver an energy from waste facility that the people of Lincolnshire deserve and will be proud of.”

Source: Lincolnshire County Council