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Energy From Waste (EfW) Scheme Air Products Builds Energy From Waste Plants in the UK

Editor: Marion Henig

Air Products has secured planning permission from Stockton on Tees Borough Council for its Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility. The facility is the first of a number of energy from waste plants that Air Products will be looking to develop in the UK over the next few years.

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Air Products Secures Planning Permission for Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility (Picture: Air Products)
Air Products Secures Planning Permission for Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility (Picture: Air Products)

London/UK – The advanced gasification energy from waste (EfW) scheme, located at the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham, Teesside will convert pre-processed household and commercial waste currently going to landfill into baseload, renewable power for up to 50,000 homes in the North East. Producing 49MW of electricity from about 300,000 tonnes of waste, the facility is one of the largest advanced gasification projects planned for the UK.

The 49MW Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility is Air Products’ first advanced gasification energy scheme to be developed in the UK. The company anticipates that between 500 and 700 people will be employed during the project’s construction phase with 50 permanent jobs being created once the facility enters commercial operation. Air Products hopes to build up to five advanced gasification plants in the UK in the coming years with the potential to generate around 250MW of electricity.

The company has taken the project through the planning process in close collaboration with the site’s owners, Impetus Waste Management, and their planning and environmental consultant, Atkins.

Subject to the financing of the project given current support mechanisms and securing environmental permitting consent from the Environment Agency, work on site could start next year, with commercial operations starting in 2014.

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