Energy suppliers may be encouraged to invest in greener generation methods following news that an energy-from-waste plant is operating successfully.
Sita UK has established the £70 million extension to an existing plant in Tees Valley near Billingham and around 110,000 tonnes of waste will be processed every year, with this figure set to rise to 130,000 tonnes.
Taking the extension into account the full facility will generate 30MW of electricity from 390,000 tonnes of waste delivered each year, with the extension alone producing enough energy to satisfy the demands of 12,000 homes.
Richard Hinchcliffe, Sita UK's general manager for the Northumberland Private Finance Initiative contract operating the plant, said: "I am really pleased that one of the Tees Valley's largest construction projects and the testing of some extremely complex equipment has been commissioned without a hitch and exceeded all expectations."
He added that the organisation is happy to play a part in putting waste to constructive use, rather than sending it to landfill.
The UK is committed to sourcing 15 per cent of its national electricity demand from renewable means by 2020.
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