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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9:35am Mon 2 Jun 14

Woodbourne says...

Disgraceful that they are starting this. There is a judicial review going ahead on this case. This makes Mercia and the council think it is a done deal. They are all a bunch of crooks.
Disgraceful that they are starting this. There is a judicial review going ahead on this case. This makes Mercia and the council think it is a done deal. They are all a bunch of crooks. Woodbourne
  • Score: 3

9:41am Mon 2 Jun 14

Woodbourne says...

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.
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. Woodbourne
  • Score: 9

10:02am Mon 2 Jun 14

stour67 says...

Brown envelopes me thinks .
Brown envelopes me thinks . stour67
  • Score: 5

12:12pm Mon 2 Jun 14

paulinejanet says...

surely it should not be started until judicial review result definitely a done deal needs looking into this properly by people not involved with this
surely it should not be started until judicial review result definitely a done deal needs looking into this properly by people not involved with this paulinejanet
  • Score: 5

12:14pm Mon 2 Jun 14

paulinejanet says...

this should not be started until result of judicial review done deal I think should be investigated by people not involved with it
this should not be started until result of judicial review done deal I think should be investigated by people not involved with it paulinejanet
  • Score: 1

8:57pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Stephen Brown says...

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.
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. Stephen Brown
  • Score: 5

12:09am Tue 3 Jun 14

Arsiep says...

Who did vote for it? It must be recorded in the minutes!
Who did vote for it? It must be recorded in the minutes! Arsiep
  • Score: 1

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