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  • "Another pointless massively expensive pfi project benefiting a multinational company who have awarded the construction to (surprise surprise) yet another multinational company to provide something that cannot be achieved (energy from waste), and will be obsolete in any case in less than 10 years which will have a bill for us for the next 25 years.

    We'll done Worcestershire County Council, well done Mercia, well done all those councillors who voted for it. Dinosaur self interested at its best.

    All the worse for the fact there are cheaper, better environmentally sound alternatives that could actually provide more long term sustainable local jobs.

    Yea we'll done Worcestershire County Council and all guilty councillors who voted for it and have in-turn approved county budgets to pay for it."
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Construction work due to start on ‘waste-to-energy’ incinerator

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

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

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

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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