Sita UK is proposing plans to develop an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility with railway access in Tees Valley.
The facility, called North East Energy Recovery Centre (NEERC), could manage up to 256,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste each year and would be built on land adjacent to Sitas existing EfW plant at Haverton Hill, Billingham.
Included in the development would be a railway connection so that waste can be transported to the site by train and the number of road journeys minimised.
A Sita spokesman said: Surrounding Tees Valley, other local authorities are also looking for a modern approach to treating waste, so there is the potential for waste to be transported by rail to the NEERC.
Tees Valley EfW facility general manager Graham Ingleson said: This will be an important development for the north east region and will help confirm the Tees Valley as a centre for energy recovery.
This project represents a major investment by Sita in the Tees Valley and the proposal comes at a time when EfW is increasingly being acknowledged as a preferred method for dealing with waste that cannot be recycled or composted. It will provide hundreds of jobs during construction and around forty jobs afterwards.
Sita also said that the development would reduce the need for landfill in the region and produce enough electricity each year to power a town the size of Hartlepool and also provide heat that can be piped to local industries.
The waste firm will be holding an exhibition to introduce its plans to local residents. Following this consultation it hopes to submit a formal planning application to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in early summer.
Image: Artist impression of NEERC site based on the right.