Veolia Environmental Services has signed a contract with Hertfordshire County Council for construction of a controversial 180,000 tonne energy-from-waste facility.
The facility, to be built in New Barnfield, off Travellers Lane, Hatfield, has negotiated a minimum tonnage of 180,000, which means it will not interfere with increases in recycling rates, and could allow the council to reach 75%recycling.
It will also use mechanical pre-treatment to treat 28,000 tonnes of recyclable material and generate 26.6MW of energy, enough to power 50,000 homes.
Hertfordshire executive member for waste management Derrick Ashley said: “This is one of the biggest contracts Hertfordshire County Council has entered into. The final contract has worked out to be better value than we originally estimated and will potentially save Hertfordshire’s taxpayers at least £779m on the cost of waste disposal over the 25-year contract period. This is an annual saving of £31m.”
Proposals for the facility have proven so controversial that Hertsmere MP James Clappison secured a debate in the House of Commons in February, in which he questioned aspects of the procurement programme.