Jobs at a north-east waste processing plant have been created earlier than planned because building contractors are ahead of schedule. Graphite Resources merchant autoclave plant in Tyneside has started recruiting for 51 employees.
The 400,000 tonnes a year capacity plant covers almost five acres at the Derwenthaugh EcoParc in Blaydon.
Graphite Resources director William Thompson said: Construction is ahead of schedule and we are on track to be operational by autumn this year. We have a wide range of quality jobs on offer, and with these, and the indirect jobs that they will create or maintain were pleased to demonstrate that there are still plenty of reasons to remain positive in the North East.
The £50 million autoclave project achieved financial closure in June last year and once it is at full capacity 20 more jobs will be on offer.
Thompson said: The cost of landfill is increasing sharply year on year, and consumers want to see new alternatives. Our EcoParc demonstrates that the North East waste sector can deliver the required new facilities, even in difficult times.
Our construction contractor Clugston is doing a great job, with over a hundred construction workers on site last week.
Thompson also said the sub-contract to install a major part of the plant had been awarded to a Washington company. But he added: Wherever possible we are looking to work with local companies.
In January this year, Graphite Resources was also shortlisted for the £73.5 million private finance initiative contract with South Tyne and Wear waste partnership.