Council chiefs have selected German energy firm MVV as their preferred bidder for a contract to build and operate a new waste disposal plant in Devon.
New civil engineering jobs could be created in the district after the South West Devon Waste Partnership - made up of Plymouth City Council, Devon County Council and Torbay Council - decided that MVV would be able to carry out work on the waste-to-energy unit at HM Naval Base Devonport most effectively.
Chairman of the partnership Dave Butt said he was confident of MVV’s ability to “provide a highly efficient sustainable long-term solution to meet our ongoing needs”.
The company is expected to submit a planning application for the facility, which will convert waste that cannot be recycled into electricity and heating for both the base and the local community, in the spring.
The news comes on the back of recently approved plans by Cornwall Power to begin construction of a 5MW solar farm on a 11ha site near Lostwithiel, which could create up to 100 new civil engineering jobs.