Lea Bank Energy Park will create jobs both during the build and then subsequent running of the plant. It is expected that staffing the facility once operational will create up to 50 permanent roles and as many as 400 further contract or temporary jobs.
Energy produced at the plant will a secure and sustainable source of heat and power for existing and future homes and businesses in the local area, improving resource efficiency and reducing the dependence on fossil fuels.
The facility will offer a more efficient method of waste management, resulting in better use of local council funds.
The plant will also increase the UK's capacity for processing RDF (refuse derived fuel) which reduces the amount of waste and RDF currently exported to facilities on the continent and beyond.
A charitable fund established alongside Lea Bank Energy Park will donate up to £50,000 per year for 25 years to local community projects.