Royal guest for Billingham waste plant

The Duke of Kent
The Duke of Kent

A ROYAL visitor was due in the Tees Valley today to open a new plant which makes energy from waste.

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, was due to officially open SITA Consortium’s new energy from waste (EfW) site at Billingham.

The state-of-the-art facility has been developed by SITA UK, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, on behalf of the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership, which is made up of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils.

The three councils can significantly reduce their reliance on landfill once the site is running. It uses waste to produce sufficient electricity to power around 30,000 homes.

Construction of the new facility began in September 2011 and was completed in April this year. More than 1,800 skilled professionals were employed during the building period, with a further 42 full-time, permanent jobs created to operate the

facility.

Another 24 jobs have been created at three new waste transfer stations at Wrekenton in Gateshead, Middlefields in South Tyneside and Hendon in Sunderland.