An advanced gasification energy-from-waste (EfW) plant on Teesside is to be built and operated by Air Products.
The plant, at the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham, will have a capacity of around 50MW. It will be the first of its kind in the UK, and the largest of its kind in the world, the company claimed.
The plant is expected to produce enough renewable electricity to power up to 50,000 homes, and divert up to 350,000 metric tons of non-recyclable waste from landfill per year.
The Air Prodcuts plant is expected to create up to 700 construction jobs and more than 50 permanent jobs once operational.
The Westinghouse advanced gasification technology provided by AlterNRG creates a more efficient, cleaner conversion of waste-to-power than traditional EfW technologies, according to Air Products.
John McGlade, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Air Products, said: “The UK is committed to diversifying its sources of energy, strengthening its energy security and reducing carbon emissions.
“This pioneering clean energy technology model is well-suited to these requirements, offering a sustainable solution to the UK’s waste management strategy. The facility will also create skilled jobs in the area and we are hopeful it will provide an indirect boost to the local economy through the use of local service companies, hotels and other businesses.”
Environmental and planning approvals have been secured, the facility is scheduled to start work in 2014.