Construction firm Kier is set to begin building a £40m energy from waste plant in Plymouth despite “vehement” council objections.
The South West Devon Waste Partnership and MVV Umwelt PFI incinerator will process 200,000 tonnes of waste a year generating 22MW of energy.
Plymouth Council confirmed the project would go ahead despite its own opposition.
The Labour administration had wanted pull out of a contract agreed by the previous council, but was told the cost could run to more than £400m.
Council leader Tudor Evans said: “The Council’s new administration vehemently opposes the incinerator at North Yard in Devonport.
“We feel it is in entirely the wrong place, which is why we campaigned so hard to stop it.
“It is massively frustrating and infuriating to find that pulling out of the contract would most likely not stop the incinerator from being built but would potentially expose the Council to an unacceptable bill of more than £400m - nearly twice the annual cost of running all our services.”
Regional managing director of Kier’s infrastructure business, Sean Jeffery, said: “We are pleased to be awarded the contract and to be working with MVV on the next phase of works to deliver this state-of-the-art facility, which will deal with the Partnership’s waste.
“This will enable us to extend our considerable local experience and contribute further to our position of being the UK’s number one contractor for power-related infrastructure.”
Commissioning of the facility is due sometime Q3 of 2014.