An alternative location may have to be found if a public inquiry rules that the King’s Lynn energy from waste plant cannot go-ahead.
Norfolk County Council deputy leader and cabinet member for environment and waste Bill Borrett told the council’s cabinet that it could be hit with a £20 million bill if it breaks its contract with Cory Wheelabrator.
However the council could request for a second location to be put forward, even though it is unlikely one could be found that is as suitable as the current site.
He said: “I think it’s extremely unlikely given we are committed to providing value for money to ratepayers that we wouldn’t pursue a further option with the contractor to come up with a proposal which would be suitable.
“If that alternative fails to receive permission, there’s no sensible reason for pursuing any further agreement. Then the contract would be walked away from.”
The public inquiry into the facility is set to begin in February and is expected to last around 20 days. Norfolk County Council gave the facility planning permission in June, but it was subsequently called in by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.