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Over £5 million boost to the local economy

04th February 2015

Viridor is delighted to announce that during the construction of Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), over £5million has been spent in the local area to date. Viridor aims to provide an economic boost to the local economy by working in close partnerships with nearby suppliers, services and amenities.

Viridor and its construction partners – B&W Volund, Interserve and Fichtner – have been closely monitoring spend within a fifty mile radius of the site in Fengate since July 2013. Over seventy-five percent of spend has been with local contractors to provide expertise and resources to deliver one of the most efficient plants of its kind in the UK.

Everyone on site is encouraged to support the local economy whilst working on the Peterborough ERF project and this has benefitted the hotels, restaurants and shops as well as the plant/materials providers.

Alan Cummings from Viridor says: “This is a fantastic milestone for us to achieve. The Peterborough ERF is going to benefit all of the local area when it’s complete, but we don’t need to wait until then to see the boost to the economy. We’re committed to engaging with businesses in this area to source our materials, expertise and resources. This applies to everything from Lorna, who runs a workers café on site to keep everyone’s hunger at bay, to scaffolders, crane operatives and more.”

Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for street scene, waste management and communications at Peterborough City Council said: “Peterborough City Council is committed to improving the city’s economy and I am pleased our partnership with Viridor has had such a recognisable impact. The new facility will provide local jobs and save the city thousands in landfill costs each year. It is refreshing to see that three-quarters of the spend on this project has been put to nearby employers and contractors. We continue to attract investors into the city I hope others follow Viridor’s lead and put as many sub-contracts as possible out to local businesses.”

Over the last 12 months, a lot of progress has happened on site. The project remains on schedule and the site has been recognised as outstanding for the safety, communication with the local community and presentation of the site by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Over 200,000 man hours of work have been achieved without time lost due to accident or injury, prompting Viridor and the construction partners to donate two thousand pounds to the Sue Ryder Cancer charity to help deliver their new hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough.

Once operational late in 2015, the plant will produce 7.25MW of electricity – equivalent to that required by around 15% of homes in Peterborough. Around 95% of the waste delivered to the plant will be diverted from landfill – with the environmental and economic benefits associated for the council and therefore local people.

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