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Encycle reveals ambitious plans for UK energy from food waste infrastructure

Ambitious plans to build nine more energy from food waste plants within five years following the completion of the first £80 million plant at Immingham in early 2009, have been revealed by project developer Encycle. The first of 10 sites where food waste still in its packaging will be turned into electricity was presented to investors and clients at the Kiln Lane industrial estate, Immingham, north east Lincolnshire. Encycle, a subsidiary of Inetec, showed visitors around the site, which gained planning permission in August this year and Inetec chief executive Phil Nicholas said: Construction is planned to start in January 2008 with an early 2009 completion date. He added that following the completion of the first plant the company planned to build nine more plants across the UK within five years, as part of a waste processing infrastructure. As director of engineering Peter Corris showed visitors around the site, he explained the waste processing system, which comprises an abrasive drying process using Thermec machines and a GEM advanced gas conversion system. He said that abrasive drying has advantages over anaerobic digestion systems because the packaging does not have to be separated from the food first. Speaking at the event Chartered Institution of Wastes Management president Jeff Cooper said: This is an excellent example of food waste as a resource. There is a problem in the UK that there are too few facilities to deal with waste and converting it to fuel. I applaud the combination of technologies developed and established here. Each plant will have a processing capacity of 180,000 tonnes per year and will generate 22 MW of electricity and sites have been identified in Newport, north London and Bristol.

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