SITA and Sembcorp plan £200m Teesside EfW

10 August 2010

Waste management firm SITA UK has teamed up with services supplier Sembcorp UK to develop a £200 million energy-from-waste incinerator at Wilton International in Middlesbrough.

An artist's impression of the proposed EfW plant on TeessideThe partnership announced yesterday (August 9) that it plans to develop the facility to treat up to 400,000 tonnes of non-hazardous office and household waste a year. The plant is expected to produce 35MW of electricity.

The plant is expected to be covered by existing planning permission for the Wilton site and the partnership intends to start construction on the facility following a public consultation in 2012, with it becoming operational in 2015. Discussions for feedstock for the proposed plant are currently on-going, with SITA hopeful of sourcing material from business and local authorities in the Teesside area.

Development of the plant - known as Wilton 11 - would coincide with both firms existing work in the North East. SITA UK currently operates a 136,000 tonnes-a-year capacity incinerator at Billingham under its long-term waste PFI contract with Northumberland council. The Billingham facility underwent a £70 million expansion in October 2009 (see story).

Sembcorp, meanwhile, launched one of the UK's first large-scale biomass facilities in 2007, known as Wilton 10, at the Wilton International site. The 300,000 tonnes-a-year capacity facility is supplied with 80,000 tonnes of waste wood each year by neighbouring company UK Wood Recycling (see story).

The existing Wilton 10 facility at Sembcorp's site near MiddlesbroughCommenting on the Wilton 11 proposal, Andy Stokes, head of infrastructure developments at SITA UK, said: "Teesside has led the way with energy-from-waste facilities at Billingham, which already deal with almost all of Teesside's residual waste. We wish to build on our established expertise together with the excellent local workforce and infrastructure."

John Bone, vice president for business development at Sembcorp UK, added: "This move builds on our earlier move into renewable energy via our successful biomass power plant. The skills of the Teesside workforce plus the infrastructure already in place mean we are ideally placed to extend our expertise in this growing sector."

The partnership is also considering the possibility of using rail links to supply waste feedstock to the site, with the Wilton International site operating an established rail network linking it to the national rail system.

The development will create around 50 permanent new jobs, underpin jobs in the supply chain and sustain a further 150 to 200 jobs in construction over the three-year build period.