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Work Begins on New Energy from Waste Plant in Gloucestershire

10 Aug 09:00 by Steve Walia

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Development work has now begun on a new EfW plant located in Gloucestershire. Once operational, it will produce enough green energy to power up to 25,000 properties, making use of household waste that is otherwise unsuitable for recycling, reusing or reducing and which would have gone to landfill.

The new scheme - Javelin Park - is located near Haresfield and is planning to cut damaging greenhouse gas emissions by an impressive 40,000 tonnes through its operation, saving over £150 million in the county.

Gloucestershire has already committed to an objective of recycling up to 70pc of its domestic waste, with the leftover 30pc being treated at the site itself.

Balfour Beatty have been appointed as the construction partner for the facility, which was agreed for progression in February 2013, and now work is starting to build a new fence to protect the site and prepare it for the main build phase.

The next phase will see new temporary roads built to make way for construction vehicles, office accommodation installation for the project team and new drainage, with plans suggesting that work will be finished in 2019.

The council have said that the scheme will help to make taxpayers money whilst reducing landfill and carbon emissions. It will be particularly good news for the county, as its landfill site at Hempsted is due to become completely full by the end of the year.

The Green Investment Bank has also confirmed that it will be further boosting the industry by investing £80 million in a new energy from waste CHP plant in Kent. The plant will be linked to a paper mill and produce 43 MW of clean energy, reducing carbon emissions by over 163,000 tonnes every year.