MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A $19 million trash-to-fuel project in Martinsburg is back on track following delays and a groundbreaking is expected in March.
Entsorga West Virginia had hoped to break ground on the facility last December. The groundbreaking was pushed back because financing for the project had not been completed.
John Decker, managing partner of project investor Apple Valley Waste, told the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority last week that Entsorga is expected to close on financing in February, The Journal (https://bit.ly/1C1P6yJ ) reported.
“We’ve had some good internal progress on the project. Things are progressing well, and there is progress to talk about,” Decker said. “It’s unfortunate the delays we’ve had, but as far as the process for construction and the earth work and pouring the concrete, we’re going to hit the season just right.”
Entsorga West Virginia is a joint venture between Apple Valley Waste, Entsorga Italia and Chemtex Global N.V. It will use Entsorga Italia’s HEBioT mechanical biological treatment system to organize incoming waste without the need for employees to sort it by hand.
Decker estimated that construction will take between 14 and 18 months but said the process could take longer.
“This is the first plant in the United States, so I think the majority of things will come from and be built in the states, but I know there’s some proprietary stuff that will come from Italy,” Decker said. “I’m just not sure how much time we’re going to lose in that process until the channels of distribution are established. Those don’t exist today, and we’ll have to work through that.”
Entsorga will lease nearly 12 acres from the Solid Waste Authority for the facility. The authority will receive more than $3.6 million over the lease agreement’s 30-year period.
Information from: The Journal, https://journal-news.net/
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