A ground breaking ceremony has taken place in Peterborough to mark the start of the construction of a £75m energy-from-waste facility.
The plant is part of a 30-year Public Private Partnership contract between Viridor’s parent company Pennon and Peterborough City Council. Construction companies Interserve and B&W Volund are partners in the project.
The facility will be located in the Fengate industrial area. It will process up to 85,000 tonnes of residual waste and generate 7.25MW of electricity per year.
Viridor expects the plant to be fully operational by the end of 2015. The waste company said the facility would be “one of the most efficient of its kind”.
Paul Rowland, regional manager of Viridor, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Peterborough City Council because it has a clear strategy and plan in place to become the UK’s environment capital and we’re committed to contribute towards that goal both throughout construction and once the facility is in operation.”