Contracts worth £50m are up for grabs at the Javelin Park energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Gloucestershire as Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) hopes to start construction next summer.
The plant will process up to 190,000 tonnes of residual household waste a year from Gloucestershire and generate 116,000MWh of electricity annually.
During construction, the plant will create 300 jobs and the bulk of the work will be undertaken by Babcock & Wilcox Vølund and LAB. However, a number of opportunities are available from core construction packages such as groundworks, steel and concrete works, cladding and building services, to landscaping and furniture provision.
UBB aims for the site to be operational by 2019 and promises that the facility will create a variety of job opportunities such as apprenticeships for local people as well as the use of an on-site visitor centre.
During the lifetime of the contract, the facility will produce 30,000 tonnes of sustainable aggregates a year and recover around 3,000 tonnes of metals.
Ray Theodoulou, cabinet member for waste at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The facility will make an important change in the way that Gloucestershire deals with the household waste of its 600,000 residents, diverting more than 92% of our waste from landfill and helping to substantially reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
“We aim to reach 70% recycling across the county and stop burying waste in the ground completely. Gloucestershire will also be using anaerobic digestion to treat food waste and recycle more. This all takes us a huge step closer to achieving our goal.”
UBB secured planning for the EfW plant in January, and project director Javier Peiro said: “We are currently working on finalising design elements of our proposed facility and discharging the conditions required of us as part of the planning permission.”