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Hundreds of new jobs for Teesside thanks to energy plant

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An innovative new waste to energy (WTE) plant at Redcar Bulk Terminal (RBT) could bring hundreds of new jobs to Teesside, as a 25-year lease is signed for a 25-acre site on the South Bank of the River Tees.

The major energy project is the brainchild of PMAC Energy- one of the UK’s leading total waste management companies.
The new plant will generate 37MW- enough to power 56,000 homes.
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Upwards of £250m is to be invested in the new plant which will be a facility for the treatment and recovery of municipal and commercial waste by creating fuel from the waste for the renewable energy sector, utilising waste as a resource for the production of both heat and power.

In a statement, PMAC Energy states: ‘Using tried and tested technologies and economies of scale that is safe and fully achievable in the local North East area, both creating a sustainable outlet for the huge amounts of waste in the area and the UK and creating many jobs in the local area that are suited to the skills of the local workforce.’

The plant will divert huge volumes of waste from landfill and provide a sustainable option for energy recovery. The Waste to Energy (WTE) plant works by burning waste at high temperatures and using the heat to make steam. The steam then drives a turbine that creates electricity. PMAC Energy insist that their technology produces very efficient combustion, which results in extremely good environmental performance. 

The project is expected to create 300 construction jobs and 100 operating jobs. All being well, career opportunities will be starting in 12 months’ time, beginning with the construction phase of the plant. After a two-and-a-half-year construction phase, full time operational jobs will become available.
As well as generating electricity, the new Waste to Heat plant will create fuels for export to overseas markets.
(Image via PMAC Energy).

Once operational the waste-to-energy plant will burn 350,000 tonnes of refuse derived fuels on-site, producing 37 MW (enough to power 56,000 homes) of electricity. Any waste heat from the process will be used in the on-site fuel manufacturing plant. From a fuel-manufacturing perspective, the plant will export 150,000 tonnes to energy/cement plants abroad.

Speaking to Teesside Live, Rob Lewis, PMAC Energy managing director, said:

“RBT’s superb port facilities and road and rail links make this the perfect location for this plant.”

“Not only does it give us the logistical advantages of being on the River Tees, the area also provides us with the workforce we’d need to manage the volume of waste coming into the plant and the quantity of fuel being created.”

Subject to permitting and planning approvals the new facility could be online and generating electricity by 2021.

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This innovative project is a great opportunity for future professionals to grow and develop in this modern age.
Darvelle Seales, 17 September 2018
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