Official opening planned for Tees Valley energy-from-waste extension
The official opening of a major extension to SITA UK’s energy-from-waste facility in the Tees Valley will take place on Thursday, 8 October 2009.
It will be officially opened at a special ceremony by SITA UK’s chief executive David Palmer-Jones, North West Durham MP Hilary Armstrong, who is also chairwoman of SITA UK’s Advisory Board, and leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Jeff Reid.
The extension, which can deal with 136,000 tonnes of waste a year, was handed over to SITA UK by the contractor after passing stringent performance trials.
It has been designed to the very highest environmentally-friendly standards – far higher than the toughest European requirements, says Julie Craigie, SITA UK’s Tees Valley Regional Manager.
She added, “I am delighted that the testing of some extremely complex equipment has gone so well. The extension has exceeded all of our expectations and we are looking forward to the official opening and to having the opportunity to show everyone this excellent facility and its first rate technology.”
Councillor Alan Thompson, Northumberland County Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, said: “The completion of the extension on budget and on time, with an excellent health and safety record, and capped-off with the remarkably successful performance trials, are a tribute to everyone who has worked on this important project.”