UK waste and recycling firm, Viridor has confirmed its intention to proceed with a £252 million waste to energy plant in Avonmouth, on the outskirts of Bristol.
The company, a part of the Pennon Group made the announcement regarding the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in its half year results of the parent company. Once operational the plant is expected to process around 320,000 tonnes of residual waste per year from local authorities and businesses.
With procurement of engineering, design and construction partners in advanced stages, Viridor said that construction is due to commence in early 2017. Once the waste to energy plant enters service in 2020 it is expected to generate 33MW of electricity and supply the National Grid with enough electricity to power over 30,000 homes.
In addition to construction jobs and sub-contractor opportunities, around 45 permanent roles will be created by the development. “It is an integral part of our £1.5 billion UK investment programme which adds to the c. 1.5% contribution energy from waste makes to UK power generation,” said Phil Piddington, Viridor’s managing director. “Not only will the development boost the sustainability of waste management across Bristol and the West of England, but it is another significant infrastructure investment in the region,” he added.