Gloucestershire County Council agrees £500m incinerator contract
Gloucestershire County Council chiefs have agreed to award a 25-year contract to build and run a controversial £500million incinerator at Javelin Park near Haresfield.
The council's cabinet have handed the contract to Urbaser Balfour Beatty as expected today.
Protesters against the incinerator gathered at the steps of Shire Hall this morning but their presence failed to deter councillors. The council's own environment scrutiny committee also voted this week to delay awarding the contract until planning permission had been secured.
In December 2011, Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet agreed to work with just one provider, UBB, to design, build and operate the new facility at Javelin Park near Haresfield.
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Cllr Stan Waddington, cabinet project champion for waste, said: “This decision follows on from Cabinet’s decision in December last year and will now allow us to agree a formal contract. This deal is good value for Gloucestershire taxpayers and will help us deliver a clean, green and affordable solution to Gloucestershire’s rubbish.”
Javier Peiro of Urbaser Balfour Beatty said: “Urbaser Balfour Beatty is pleased that Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet has awarded the contract for a long-term solution to the county’s waste problem. We have worked closely with the council to develop a solution for Gloucestershire and are confident that this contract offers excellent value and benefits for the county.
“The proposed energy from waste facility at Javelin Park will play a vital role in meeting the real and pressing need for an alternative to landfill in Gloucestershire.
“The facility would prevent the equivalent annual greenhouse gas emissions of nearly a million cars, recover approximately 3,000 tonnes of metals each year for recycling, and increase Gloucestershire’s renewable energy production by over 50 per cent.”
A council spokesman said the contract would bring the following benefits:.
• Protecting Gloucestershire’s taxpayers from the rising costs of landfill and energy prices, which are estimated to save up to £190million over 25 years.
• Reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases by diverting 92% of the county’s residual household waste from landfill.
• Generating renewable electricity equivalent to the needs of at least 25,000 homes.
• Potential to provide heat to local businesses and residents.
During construction, around 300 jobs will be created and once the facility is up and running, around 40 people will be employed there.
The new facility will require planning permission and an environmental permit before it can be built and operated. Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s planning application is currently being considered by the planning authority and an environmental permit application has been submitted to the Environment Agency by the company.
Cllr Waddington continued: “I am pleased that the Inspector’s report on the Waste Core Strategy has been published in advance of this decision. People can be reassured that the proposed contract has been designed to be flexible and capable of adapting to what we need.”
In his report, the Inspector stated: “It seems to me that the county council’s view of the future municipal solid waste scenario is, in general, likely to be of the right order.
“It is based upon an analysis of locally derived data in the context of knowledge about local circumstances, particularly those that would influence the likely effectiveness of planned waste reduction and service change initiatives.”