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28 April 2011, 15:08
A new incinerator for south Hatfield has moved a step closer.
Hertfordshire County Council has today (Thursday April 28th) appointed Veolia as it's preferred bidder.
John Wood, Director of Environment and Commercial Services at Hertfordshire County Council, said: "Government and European Union legislation requires local authorities to do everything possible to prevent waste from ending up in landfill. If we don’t, we face extra taxes and these fines would ultimately have to be passed on to the taxpayer. In Hertfordshire this would be an extra £544 million over the next 30 years, so we have to find a solution that isn’t so costly, both financially and environmentally.
"Following lengthy discussion at the Waste Cabinet Panel this morning, it has been decided that the bid put forward by Veolia Environmental Services is the best solution for dealing with our household waste for all of Hertfordshire's taxpayers. We look forward to progressing contract negotiations with them."
Veolia Environmental Services is offering a two-stage waste treatment process to be located (subject to planning approval) at New Barnfield site in South Hatfield.
John continued: "We have good recycling rates in Hertfordshire - currently at 48 per cent - and recycling is something we will continue to strongly encourage. The minimum tonnage of waste we would need to send to this new facility (180,000 tonnes) gives us the freedom to get recycling rates above 75 per cent."
The Energy from Waste facility will generate over 26 MW of electricity which will subsidise the cost of the services to the county council. In an Energy from Waste facility one black bag of non-recyclable waste can generate enough power to run a light bulb for 24 hours.
The next stage is for officers to finalise the details of the contract with Veolia and then award the contract. This will take place between May and July 2011.
At the same time, Veolia is expected to start an extensive consultation as an initial stage in its planning application. During the planning process residents’ concerns about traffic movements and the impact on the local community will be considered in more detail.
Should planning permission be given, during construction around 350 jobs will be created and there will be 52 employees needed to run the facility.
Jean-Dominique Mallet, Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc said: “We are delighted to have been selected as preferred bidder by Hertfordshire County Council for our proposal which is based on our proven technology and experience and combines recycling and energy recovery to provide urgently needed new infrastructure. We look forward to partnering with the county council to ensure the successful completion of this milestone project.
“An extensive consultation and community engagement process will be undertaken as a basis from which to share the design concept and development proposals ahead of the submission of a planning application towards the end of 2011.”