Major new waste plant that will create 25 jobs and power 24,000 Hull homes gets go ahead

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Jul 2018

Work on a new waste to energy plant which will create up to 25 jobs and power 24,000 homes in Hull will start later this year.

Renewables company Solar 21 has announced plans for the plant, in Melton, have been approved after an application was submitted earlier this year.

The new plant will burn waste produced by neighbouring Transwaste, on the Melton Waste Park off Gibson Lane, and create renewable energy for the region.

Andrew Bradley, co-founder of Solar 21, said: “Until we built the plant, about half of the waste produced on the site is being recycled, and the leftovers go to landfill.

“Giving the government is trying to outlaw landfill, and by 2050 there will be no landfill sites left, something had to change.

“The other option was to burn it on site, and that is what we are going to do.”

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The new plant will also take 10,000 lorry movements off the roads, which currently transport some of the waste to the docks, where it is exported to Scandinavia and burned.

Mr Bradley outlined plans for the waste to energy plant at a Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce held in the city on Thursday morning.

He said the plant would turnover in the region of £24m a year, with the help of government support for the renewable project.

Work on the plant is expected to start next year. It will be a modular build, with parts assembled off site before being brought in.

“We think the plant will be able to power around 24,000 homes around Hull,” Mr Bradley said.

Solar already runs a similar site in Tansterne, Holderness.

As well as creating 25 new jobs, the plant could also support 100 existing skilled manufacturing jobs and 150 construction jobs, plans revealed earlier this year.

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The company has announced once operational, the plant will be capable of creating 25MW of electricity – of which 22MW would be supplied to the National Grid.

Dr Ian Kelly, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce in Hull, said the Solar 21 plant would be “a very welcome development” for the region.

Another waste to energy park is currently being built in the centre of Hull.

The Energy Works, on the banks of the River Hull, will when completed produce enough electricity to power 43,000 homes.

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