Covanta Energy purchased land to build new plant in Northwest England

Covanta Energy, a leading US international Energy from Waste (EfW) provider, Monday purchased land in Northwest England to be used for the construction of a new plant. In the announcement made by the North of England Inward Investment Agency, the American company submitted an application for planning approval for the construction of a new Energy-from-waste processing plant in the Cheshire County.

The new plant is expected to convert the County’s non-recyclable, non-compostable residential waste into clean, renewable energy to power up to 50,000 local homes. It will take in a combination of commercial and industrial wastes from shops, offices and other businesses in the region, the aim being to gradually cut down the amount of waste that goes into landfills and generate a considerable cut in green house gas emissions.

North of England Inward Investment Agency Vice President, Sonya Knox, said the agency was delighted over the Covanta investment, saying that the company’s Energy-from-waste model meets the environmental and energy independence goals of the region. The region has become one of the world’s most innovative and exciting energy regions, according to the Agency, adding that its facilities, supply chain and favorable government regulations are perfect fit for Covanta and other companies focused on renewable energy.

Other than its environmental gains, the Covanta investment is expected to offer economic opportunities and financial gains to the local populace.  The construction of the plant is expected to employ more than 300 workers and ongoing operations will create 50 permanent jobs. Additionally, Covanta will as well set up and contribute to a Community Fund aimed at financially assisting local groups and initiatives of importance to the citizens of Middlewich.

Other that that, it will also offer combined heat and power to British Salt, a major local employer in the area, that will enhance the company’s generation of significant energy savings aimed at allowing it operate more competitively.

The North England Inward Investment Agency is a British Government-funded consultancy and UK-based inward investment agency whose role is to advise and assist North American companies considering UK/European expansion.

Covanta Holding Corporation is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately17 million tons of waste into more than 8 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and create 10 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries.

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