American waste firm Covanta Energy is planning to build a £400 million energy-from-waste plant in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
Covanta said that if the plant is given the go-ahead 500 construction jobs and 100 full time jobs will be created.
The EfW plant could supply electricity for 180,000 homes and take in municipal, commercial and industrial waste. Covanta hopes to apply for planning permission by the end of 2009.
Covanta Energy UK managing director Malcolm Chilton said: We already supply millions of homes with clean energy from non-recyclable waste, and we are proposing a plant which will be sized to meet the needs of Wales. It will take approximately 750,000 tonnes of waste a year and generate about 70 megawatts of electricity. Most of this waste will be collected at a number of locations in Wales and delivered to the Brig y Cwm site by rail in sealed containers.
If given the go ahead from Merthyr Tydfil council the plant could be operational by 2013/14.
The announcement follows detailed discussion between Covanta Energy, the Welsh Assembly Government and International Business Wales, its inward investment arm.
Image: Artist impression of what Brig y Cwm EfW site would look like.