A 30m litre bioethanol-from-waste plant has received a £7.3m grant from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and One North East.
Following the successful completion of last year’s £3.5m feasibility study and the awarding of planning consent by Stockton Council, INEOS Bio’s project has been awarded a £4.5m grant from DECC and an additional £2.8m from the area’s Regional Development Agency One North East, of which £1.8m has been secured through the Tees Valley Industrial Programme.
INEOS Bio chief executive Peter Williams said: “This grant from One North East and the Department for Energy and Climate Change, together with the considerable support that we are receiving from organisations such as the National Non Food Crop Centre, is enabling us to make progress with our commercialisation plans in the North East of England.”
Due to be constructed at the INEOS Bio Seal Sands site, the £52m project will use 100,000 tonnes of biodegradable household and commercial waste to produce 3MW of electricity and 240,000 tonnes (30m litres) of carbon-neutral road transport fuel per year - enough to power 250,000 vehicles.
INEOS Bio have additional plans to extend the Seal Sands facility, after it becomes operational in 2012. The company will expand the facility into a larger biorefinery which will combine the bioenergy production with ‘advanced waste treatment facilities’ by 2015.
One North East Chairman Margaret Fay said: ““Unique projects like this are placing our region and the UK at the forefront of low carbon economy and this revolutionary new plant has the potential to provide us with a solution for our waste and a significant renewable energy resource for many years to come.”