Viridor has been showing off its £252m resource recovery centre in Avonmouth, where the concrete piles form a solid base for the main development.
The facility is the latest project in a £1.5bn investment programme by Viridor’s parent company Pennon Group.
Eight other Viridor energy recovery facilities (ERFs) are operating in the UK and three more are under construction or in commissioning.
More than 130 contractors are working at the Avonmouth site. Viridor has spent more than £2m within the local community, where the company and its construction partners have signed deals with local firms to supply mobile plant and aggregate.
Sir John Parker, chairman of Pennon, said: “We are using our experienced team, drawn from across our UK energy recovery network, who have proven how to safely build ERFs on time and on budget, to ensure that we are able to offer a vital landfill diversion service to our local authority partners and businesses in the Bristol area from 2020.”
Mickey Green, managing director of Somerset Waste Partnership, said: “Avonmouth forms the cornerstone of our ambitions to help Somerset residents to waste less, recycle even more and – for whatever is left over – switch from a reliance on landfill to resource recovery from 2020.”
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Pictured: Parker, Pennon chief executive Chris Loughlin and Viridor managing director Phil Piddington are joined by Green and members of the Somerset Waste Partnership to mark the latest construction phase.