Work due to start on new £30m energy from waste plant

Work on a new £30 million energy from waste plant in Hartlepool will start within the next few weeks, developer Biopower Group has announced.

Construction is expected to take around 18 months in total, although the 5.1MW plant could begin generating power as early as spring 2017.

Up to 80 jobs will be created during construction and another 25 permanent positions will be created once the plant is up and running.

Managing director of Biopower Group Steve Winspear said: “A lot of hard work and effort has gone in to get us to this stage… There is scope on the site for two further phases which potentially could result in £100 million of investment overall into the Hartlepool economy.”

The company is hoping to sell some of the power generated directly to businesses in the surrounding area. 

Last week construction firm Interserve announced it expected to absorb a £70 million loss as it exited the energy from waste market due to the “unique challenges” of the sector.