A multi-million pound recycling centre at Hazelhead, near Sheffield, is ready to start accepting waste wood that will be turned into fuel for E.ON’s power plant at Blackburn Meadows.
Leading wood recycling firm Plevin is developing the £5 million facility on a 50-acre site that used to be part of Hepworth’s drainage products factory.
Plevin has demolished redundant buildings and is preparing to install equipment that will process up to 150,000 tonnes of waste wood a year for the £120 million, 30MW Blackburn Meadows plant, which will produce enough power for around 40,000 homes.
The company has already begun hiring staff for the plant which is expected to employ 20 people when it is fully operational.
Plevin’s managing director, Jamie Plevin, said: “We’re pleased to see work progressing on schedule at Hazlehead.
“We have had a great response to the start of our recruitment drive, and have already hired three new members of staff, two machine drivers and a load inspector, who will prove integral to the site’s success. Later in the year, we will start recruiting for further posts at Hazelhead.”