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Official Opening for Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility

16th April 2016

On Wednesday (16 March) the Rt Hon Lord Mawhinney Kt opened Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility, the latest ERF to be delivered by Viridor. The ERF enables the City of Peterborough to divert 85,000 tonnes of residual (black bag) waste from landfill each year, recovering vital energy, and also offering the city another important step towards a decentralised energy network. The plant has a generating capacity of 7.25 megawatts (enough to power 15,000 homes).

The state-of-the-art plant is one of the most efficient in the UK and will reduce the amount of carbon the city produces by 10,000 tonnes per year, making a significant contribution to a more sustainable Peterborough.

Viridor is also pleased to announce the creation of two tailored engineering apprenticeships designed to support the operations team on site. Modern apprenticeships offer great opportunities to gain skills, experience and on the job learning, and Viridor looks forward to supporting two young people in the coming years and over the facility’s life. As well as supporting apprenticeship roles in Peterborough, Viridor currently has over 20 apprentices working across engineering and transport roles nationwide. For more information, please check out our careers page.

Dan Cooke, Director of External Affairs for Viridor said: “I am pleased to see Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility delivered on time and on budget for our client. The innovative partnership between Peterborough City Council, Viridor and our project partners has delivered a real asset for the City for the next 30 years, and is the latest to be brought in to operation in Viridor’s ERF portfolio.

“The project brings clear community benefits, providing local jobs and apprenticeships, low-carbon energy and clear economic benefits for our local authority partners in Peterborough. During the construction period alone over £9.8m was spent in the immediate vicinity of the facility, and local supply chain opportunities will continue during the operational life of the facility.”

Cllr John Holdich commented on behalf Peterborough City Council: “It is fantastic to officially open Peterborough ERF today. The plant is a real asset, enabling the City of Peterborough to realise a zero to landfill solution for the coming decades, along with generating revenue through the sale of electricity generated by the facility delivering value for money for our residents. This positions the City strongly with the aspiration of becoming the UK’s Environment Capital. By leading the project the council will be able to benefit by saving £1m a year over the 30 years of the contract.”

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