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Power plant proposal for Bedfordshire

Waste firm Covanta Energy has confirmed its plans to build an energy-from-waste (EfW) power station plant in Bedfordshire capable of using household and business waste as a fuel to generate heat and electricity.

The EfW plant will be capable of taking up to 600,000 tonnes of waste per year. The waste will come from Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The EfW will be located at the Rookery Pit site near Stewartby in Bedfordshire.

A planning application will be submitted to the Government and not the county council as the facility is a power station capable of generating in excess of 50MW of electricity. Covanta claims that this is enough electricity to power all the households in Bedford.

Covanta has been shortlisted by Buckinghamshire County Council, which is looking for a partner to dispose of unrecyclable waste.

The project could get underway during 2010 and the plant be up and running by 2013.


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