Peel Environmental has signed an agreement with Babcock & Wilcox Volund to progress the first phase of the 126-acre Ince Resource Recovery Park in Cheshire.
The deal will see Peel and BWV pursue the development, construction and operation of an Energy from Waste plant which will service local needs and industry.
Located near Ellesmere Port, the plant would take household and commercial and industrial residual waste from the region. Construction is planned to start in 2016 with the first line operational by 2019.
The park was granted planning permission in 2009, with Covanta Energy developing the energy from waste plant, and a joint venture between Peel and Covanta developing the rest of the site. However in 2013 the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority granted to the local waste management contract to SITA UK, transporting regional waste to the North East. Covanta is now no longer involved with the Ince Park project.
Jane Gaston, development manager at Peel Environmental said: "We are very pleased to be working with BWV to take Ince Park forward. The site is already consented and with a delivery partner on board, we are targeting having an operational facility by 2019.
"Ince Park could deliver a new renewable energy source for the region, reducing the reliance on landfill and exportation of waste overseas. We are now looking to get contracts in place with local waste producers."