Viridor reports to have spent £5.3 million so far with local businesses within 30 miles of the £252 million Resource Recovery Centre in Avonmouth.
The resources and waste management firm said it has been working with local contractors including PMS, GAP Hire Solutions, Hanson and B&A on the construction of the Avonmouth centre.
Construction on the site started in summer 2017. Once operational, the facility will be able to convert 320,000 tonnes of non-hazardous industrial waste, which would otherwise go to landfill each year into renewable energy, Viridor said. It will produce around 34MW of low carbon energy.
A third of the available capacity of the new facility will be being taken up from Somerset county council’s waste, which is currently transported to three landfill sites.
Viridor managing director, Phil Piddington, said: “As part of Viridor’s Resource Recovery Centre construction we have been clear that working with local businesses is at the heart of establishing ourselves as a responsible neighbour. It is not just during the construction phase of these projects that local suppliers can benefit, we will require support throughout the life of the facility.”
Some of the suppliers were sourced directly from Viridor’s ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Bristol last July, the firm said, which was attended by more than 30 companies interested in being involved.
Hallen-based waste and haulage firm, B&A Group, is supplying more than 200,000 tonnes of recycled aggregates to help build the facility.
Ashley Bruno, B&A Group’s recycling aggregate sales manager said: ‘‘We are delighted to be working with Viridor on its resource recovery centre here at Avonmouth. B&A being local means we can respond quickly to progress on site and are alive to local issues around moving materials and being considerate operators.’’
Viridor’s Avonmouth project manager, Helen Moon, added: “Viridor and its construction partners are committed to supporting local businesses, who are a key part of building strong foundations for our resource recovery centre. We have been on site now for over a year and having established strong links with local businesses is paying dividends, and is setting us up well for the next phases of construction, when progress will be clear for everyone to see.”
Construction works on site are progressing well, Viridor said, with the bunker walls approaching 20 metres in height and the steelwork to support the boiler currently being erected. Over the summer months, the process equipment will start to arrive and be lifted into place. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.