The world’s largest renewable energy plant, located in the Tees Valley, is set to create over 750 jobs.
The new plant, owned by US firm Air Products, will create energy-from-waste materials at the new plant on the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham.
When operational it will have a capacity of 50 MW of energy, which is enough to power up to 50,000 homes.
The plant is expected to create up to 700 construction jobs and more than 50 permanent jobs once it starts operating.
Air Products chairman, president and chief executive John McGlade said: “This pioneering clean energy technology model is well-suited to these requirements, offering a sustainable solution to the UK’s waste management strategy.”
The renewable energy facility is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2014.