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  • "And it is not an energy from waste plant. Nobody on the trading estate wants the heat and the electricity is not going to be harnessed as it would cost too much to get it to Bishops Wood. I still cannot believe this is going through. A total waste of money when there are better, cheaper and more environmentally friendly options available. But Mercia only do incinerators and they have the 25 year contract so that is what we are getting! The arrogance of this company and the council is unbelievable. This has not been a fair or democratic process."
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Construction work due to start on ‘waste-to-energy’ incinerator

Kidderminster Shuttle: Construction work due to start on ‘waste-to-energy’ incinerator Construction work due to start on ‘waste-to-energy’ incinerator

CONSTRUCTION work is due to begin on the controversial multi- million pound taxpayer-funded Hartlebury incinerator.

Mercia Waste Management, who will run the energy-from-waste plant at the Hartlebury Trading Estate on behalf of Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council, have announced initial work on preparing the ground and foundations for the building will soon begin.

The firm says the construction will take 33 months with commissioning of the plant due to begin in the spring of 2017.

Following a lengthy procurement process, Mercia has chosen Swiss- based technology provider Hitachi Zosen Inova as the main engineering and construction contractor.

Ian Barber, manager at Mercia, said: “After a diligent planning and financial negotiation process, we are delighted to be moving on to the construction phase.”

Worcestershire taxpayers will fork out £125 million and Herefordshire Council the other £40 million to Mercia Waste to build the plant.

The incinerator could last until at least 2042 but by then the total cost would be £1.65 billion. Worcestershire County Council said “doing nothing” could cost £2.1bn by then

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