Recycling and recovery

SUEZ announces new energy-from-waste facility for the North East

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ) has today (17 September 2018) announced that it intends to develop a new energy-from-waste facility near Billingham in Stockton-on-Tees, which will serve public sector and commercial customers in the North East and Scotland.

SUEZ currently operates five energy-from-waste process lines in Teesside, which between them serve the authorities of Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Northumberland as well as those comprising the South Tyne & Wear Waste Management Partnership.

The five process lines are divided between two facilities based at the same location in Haverton Hill, near Billingham, known as SUEZ Tees Valley (STV) 1, 2 & 3 and the North East energy recovery centre.

The new facility, a third structure on the Haverton Hill site, has planning permission to treat 200,000 tonnes of residual waste a year.

Planning permission for the facility was granted in 2014 on industrial land adjacent to SUEZ’s existing buildings, which is also equipped with a rail-siding to allow delivery of waste by rail. Enabling works in anticipation of construction of the facility have since been undertaken.

SUEZ is currently in the process of procuring an EPC contractor to build the new facility and it is anticipated that it will become operational in 2022.

Chief Executive Officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, David Palmer-Jones, said: “For several years now, we have been keeping a close eye on residual waste treatment capacity at a national and regional level through our Mind the Gap analysis reports, which show that the UK has a shortfall in vital non-landfill waste treatment capacity.

“Brexit, and the questions it raises around the future of residual waste exports, only strengthens the case for additional domestic treatment capacity. We are therefore very pleased that the SUEZ group continues to see the potential of the UK market and has chosen to invest in this new facility to serve public sector and commercial customers in the North East and Scotland.”