Sita UK has won planning approval from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to build a £120 million energy-from-waste (EfW) facility at Haverton Hill, near Billingham.
The North East Energy Recovery Centre (NEERC) will manage up to 256,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste each year and produce 21MW of electricity. It will be built on land adjacent to Sitas existing Tees Valley EfW facility.
Sita UK general manager in the north east John Grainger said: This is great news and the approval is an enormous boost for the whole north east region and will help confirm the Tees Valley as a centre for energy recovery.
Construction of this plant will provide hundreds of jobs and therell be around forty new full time skilled jobs to run the facility when its operational.
As part of the drive towards sustainable development the NEERC will also be capable of providing heat and power generated as part of our operations to local industries, which will greatly improve their sustainability by reducing the energy needs and simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint with the reduction of the use of fossil fuels.
Sita is also looking to cut its environmental impact by shipping in the waste by rail.
Image: Artist's impression of NEERC site