|Above: An artistic impression of the Energy for Waste faclity|
Confirmed dignitaries attending include Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Cllr Martin Hill, Conservative (Folkingham Rural South Division); Chairman of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, Cllr Lewis Strange, Conservative (Ancholme Cliff Division and & Keley Ward); Chair and Vice Chair of the local EfW Community Liaison Group, Cllr. Matthew Fields and Mr. Ron Blow; Mayor of North Hykeham, Cllr. Mrs. Suzanne Sampson and Director of FCC Projects at Waste Recycling Group, Mr. John Plant.
Executive Member for Waste Services and Chairman of the Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, Cllr.Lewis Strange, said:
"This is a truly momentous occasion, symbolising the county’s move away from costly landfill sites as a way of getting rid of the waste that residents produce.Mr. Paul Taylor, Chief Executive at Waste Recycling Group, commented:
"We already have one of the top recycling levels in the county, well exceeding government targets, and I’d urge people to carry on recycling all they can. The EfW facility works hand in hand with our marvellous recycling efforts, as the electricity it produces means we recover something useful from the waste that can’t be recycled. We’re confident that Waste Recycling Group will construct a spectacular facility that residents will be proud of."
"We are very proud to be playing our part in helping the people of Lincolnshire deal sustainably and effectively with the waste left over after recycling. Lincolnshire County Council have certainly put themselves at the forefront of good resource management in the UK and we are fully committed to delivering this ground-breaking facility for them."Scunthorpe based Clugston Construction, who along with technology partner CNIM, have been chosen by WRG to build the new facility and are currently involved in site preparation works prior to the main construction commencing in early June. Clugston’s Managing Director, Steve Radcliffe, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project which will enable us to draw on our local resources and knowledge”.
The contract between Lincolnshire County Council and Waste Recycling Group who are designing, building and operating the facility was signed on Friday, 4th March 2011. The construction phase started at the end of April.
The 150,000 tonne EfW facility will supply eleven megawatts of electricity to the National Grid. It also has the potential to supply heat to the local community - as existing EfW facilities do in Sheffield and Nottingham - and work is ongoing to explore similar opportunities here. The facility is expected to be up and running by the end of 2013.