An advanced gasification facility planned for Dagenham Dock will provide heat and power from East Londons waste diverting it from landfill sites, according to plans revealed by eco-waste management company, Cyclamax.
The facility is one of four Cyclamax is planning across the country, which will use advanced conversion technology on commercial and non-recyclable waste from businesses in the area. The highly efficient process will produce up to 16MW of energy per year enough to power 31,500 households in the local area of Barking and Dagenham.
The gasification process involves heating contaminated packaging, treated wood wastes, damaged or expired stock from supermarkets and other wastes that are too low in value to recycle - in an oxygen-controlled environment to high temperatures until synthesis gas is produced. The syngas can then be combusted in the same way as a gas central heating boiler in a house.
The proposals are included in the next phase of development of the London Sustainable Industries Park and will mean a £72m investment by Cyclamax towards savings of 46,400 tonnes of CO² annually and 35 permanent living wage jobs.
A spokesman for the company confirmed that once the project is granted planning approval, construction of the facility on a 3.5ha brownfield site will finish at the end of 2012. Cyclamax Resource Parks managing director Tony Watkins said: This will be a significant new facility for Cyclamax, representing a significant investment and a real commitment to new technologies to treat residual waste.
The planning application for the park is due to be submitted on 12 March.