A £500 million contract has been awarded to Urbaser Balfour Beatty to build and run an energy from waste facility.
Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet has granted the 25-year contract to the firm after naming it preferred bidder for the facility at Javelin Park.
Cabinet member responsible for waste Stan Waddington said: “This decision follows on from the cabinet’s decision in December last year and will now allow us to agree a formal contract. This deal is good value for Gloucestershire’s taxpayers and will help us deliver a clean, green and affordable solution to Gloucestershire’s rubbish.”
Urbaser Balfour Beatty spokesman Javier Peiro 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.”