The park already houses a range of waste processes and technologies, including recycling, composting, landfill and mechanical biological treatment.
The proposed new facility would complement these and would be used to create energy from household and commercial waste – either in the form of electricity, heat or a mix of both.
The facility would further grow Amey’s capabilities in the waste treatment market, with new waste facilities in Milton Keynes and North Yorkshire already in commissioning and a further facility on the Isle of Wight in construction.
“We expect the new facility would handle around 230,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste a year, generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 45,000 homes. It would also create more than 300 jobs during construction and into operations.”
Amey’s Environmental Services Managing Director, Rob Edmondson, said: “Amey is strengthening its presence in this sector and the proposed new facility will signify continuing investment in waste treatment capability in Cambridgeshire.
“We expect the new facility would handle around 230,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste a year, generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 45,000 homes. It would also create more than 300 jobs during construction and into operations.
“We’re currently discussing technology and design solutions with expert providers, prior to submitting a planning application later this year.”
Prior to submitting a planning application, Amey will also be holding public information sessions for local residents. The two sessions will take place on Friday 8 September (2pm to 8pm) and Saturday 9 September (10am – 4pm) at Waterbeach Waste Management Park, Ely Road, Waterbeach, CB25 9PG. No booking is required.
Amey is proposing to develop the new facility on land next to the existing Mechanical Biological Treatment hall at Waterbeach Waste Management Park. This land is already allocated as a suitable location for energy from waste development in Cambridgeshire County Council’s adopted Minerals and Waste Plan.