EVERYTHING about it is big – from its £45m price tag to its construction using 700 tonnes of steel and 5,100 tonnes of concrete.
Then there is its combustor, burning at 850 degrees centigrade minimum and its boiler with a capacity of 62 cubic metres.
Exeter's energy-from-waste plant, currently under construction, sits on 589 concrete piles on the site of the city's former incinerator on Marsh Barton.
It is due to be operational from next April.
The plant will process 60,000 tonnes of household waste from Exeter and its surrounding area, diverting waste from landfill and creating energy.
Built by Groupe TIRU and managed by Viridor on behalf of Devon County Council, the new plant will deal with around a third of the county's residual waste after recycling and composting has taken place.
Energy produced by the waste treatment process will be turned into electricity which will be fed into the national grid, reducing running costs and offsetting the facility's own energy consumption.
In addition, the plant has the potential to run a district heating scheme.
While the operating part of the plant has been designed and built by TIRU, construction firm Chilworth is responsible for erecting the concrete and steel building which contains it.
Site manager, Chilworth's Phil Moss, explained how the basic day to day operation of the plant will work once it is open.
He said: "Lorries will bring in the waste which will be tipped into the waste bunker. From here a giant grabber, mounted on a gantry and which can pick up one tonne at a time, will feed the waste into the combustor."
"It can pick up individual items which are unsuitable for being put straight into the combuster, for example a mattress, and deliver them to a shredder before they are picked up again."
The waste bunker is six metres below ground level, measuring 24 metres by 12 metres by six metres.
Mr Moss said: "The bunker required 2,300 cubic metres of excavation."
The plant will deal with 60,000 tonnes a year and will operate 24 hours a day for about 233 days each year, with deliveries mostly confined to Monday to Friday.
It will not work for 760 hours a year to allow for essential maintenance and inspections, but deliveries can still be made and stored until they can be processed.
The grabber operator will sit in an observation room behind a panel made of glass which is fire resistant for two hours.
He not only will control the hydraulic grabber but also the ebb and flow of vehicles delivering waste to the plant.
The giant combustor takes two minutes to do a compete rotation and is fed by a hydraulic ram with a concrete head.
Rubbish entering the combustor will burn at 850 degrees centigrade for a minimum of two seconds to ensure it is completely incinerated.
The steam used to drive the turbine will be super-heated and the electricity generated will be fed directly to a sub station built by Western Power Distribution just metres from the plant.
Surplus steam could be used to operate a district heating network but until this is operational surplus steam will go to an air cooled condenser to recover the moisture, with the water being fed back into the boiler.
The stack which gets rid of the gases generated by the plant soars 200ft in the air and sits beside a range of silos, whose job it is to clean the gases before they are released.
These cover about one third of the plants floor area; the process to clean the gases accounts for around a third of the plant's overall cost.