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Sita UK wins £112.8m contract to convert Durham rubbish into green energy
A TEESSIDE firm has landed a £112m contract to turn 140,000 tonnes-a-year of County Durham’s rubbish into green energy – enough to power 17,000 homes.
Sita UK has sealed a deal to convert waste from tens of thousands of households across County Durham into electricity at its new £120m green energy plant, currently under construction at Haverton Hill, near Billingham.
The contract, which begins in June, is initially worth around £112.8m. A possible four-year extension would see its value rise to £158.9m.
Sita, a subsidiary of Suez Environnement (CORR), will take over from Durham City-based Premier Waste Management, which is about to enter a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) amid fears over the jobs of its 60 workers and claims of a multi-million pound hole in its pension fund.
A Sita spokesman said it was not aware of any TUPE requirements, under which staff would be transferred to a new employer, resulting from the contract.
Durham householders should see no changes to their bins service.
David Palmer-Jones, chief executive of Sita, said: “We are very pleased to have been appointed to work with Durham County Council to help put their residual waste to good use.
“We are also pleased to further expand our activities in the North-East of England, where we are currently investing millions of pounds in modern waste management facilities.”
Don McLure, corporate director of resources at Durham County Council, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sita UK, whose innovative treatment processes will help ensure the amount of County Durham’s rubbish that gets buried in the ground is kept to an absolute minimum.
“The council has a target of diverting 75 per cent of household waste away from landfill by 2020 and the new contract will ensure this target will be met and exceeded, with around 90 per cent of waste diverted as the contract progresses.”
The rubbish will generate 10 megawatts of power – enough to power 17,000 homes.
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