Construction Progress

Construction work began on the facility in March 2019 and is being led by Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) under a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract. The construction phase is expected to take approximately 36 months to complete.

Over 300 jobs will be created during the construction period providing related benefits to the local economy. Many opportunities will also be created for the local supply chain with a commitment from the project to purchase goods and services from local companies wherever possible.

Covanta will provide technical oversight during the construction phase and will supply operations and maintenance services when the project commences operations in 2022.

As the construction phase progresses, you will be able to find out more about supply chain opportunities, operational phase recruitment activities and track construction progress on these pages.

To read Hitachi Zosen Inova's statement on COVID-19 and site construction, click here.


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Construction Process

Since March 2019, Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI)  has confirmed supply chain work with a number of local firms, including concrete and asphalt from an Elstow-based provider, site welfare and accommodation facilities from a Luton-based firm and site signage from a business based in Bedford. By August 2019 the Rookery South project had over 100 workers on site. During the peak construction period this number will rise to over 300 construction operatives.

Covanta has also engaged a local firm of safety specialists providing on-site training services. The project has also hired a Bedfordshire-based firm which will capture drone and time-lapse footage over the entire build phase.   

With a project construction phase spanning 36 months, the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility will have numerous contracting and supply chain opportunities. To find out more about these opportunities, please click here or email HZI at



Being a Supplier to Hitachi Zosen Inova

In its role as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor for the Rookery South Energy Recovery facility, Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), in collaboration with the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, is actively seeking local suppliers for a range of work packages in Engineering, Civil, Process Equipment and Services over the three-year build phase.

The local economy will also benefit during the three-year construction period, with several hundred people working on the plant simultaneously at peak periods. Efforts to hire locally for various phases of the construction are advancing quickly.



Latest Construction Footage

Over the 36-month construction phase the project team will be updating these pages with quarterly short films which will show the viewer how the build phase is progressing. 

The films will use a combination of time-lapse and real-time footage, which will be made available for interested parties and local communities to watch. Previous films can be viewed here on the Covanta YouTube channel.


Construction progress August to November 2020