Renew Energy boss briefs Councillors on proposed Westport waste-to-energy plant

29 November 2018

Renew Energy has long term contracts signed for 75 percent of the 330,000 tonnes of waste it needs a year for a waste to energy (WtE) plant in Westport, says its chief executive.

"We've had councils and private contractors say, 'hey, can we get on board with you guys?" David McGregor told last night's Buller District Council meeting.

It was the first time councillors had been briefed on the plant. Mr McGregor's presentation took about an hour - 20 minutes longer than council had allowed - leaving little time for councillor questions.

Mr McGregor said the WtE plant would provide 50 full-time jobs and another 400 full-time jobs in off-take industries. Indirectly it would create 2500 jobs, he said.

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