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Energos gets green light to build gasification plant in Doncaster

Energy technology business Energos has received planning permission from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to build a gasification plant.

The £75 million partnership with renewable energy company BioGen Power will provide a community-sized facility to handle Doncasters local waste diverting it from landfill.

Over the past three years, six planning applications based on the Energos gasification technology have been submitted and all six have received consent within ten months of the application date. The Doncaster permission was achieved in five months and none of the schemes have been subject to planning appeal.

Energos managing director Nick Dawber said: Our model is to create small-sized plants that can exist at the heart of the community, and handle the local leftover waste that the community cannot recycle. Residents, businesses and local government recognise that its not possible to continue sending waste to landfill and our 100 per cent planning record suggests that they are prepared to accept appropriately sized, new generation technology solutions to deal responsibly with their own waste.

Last year, Energos opened a gasification plant in the Isle of Wight (see MRW story). It has five other UK plants based at Newport, Irvine, Lincolnshire and Knowsley.

BioGen Power chief executive Christian Reeve said: In Doncaster, the small scale nature of the technology and application, local sustainability and the proven operational record of Energos plants in Europe and the Isle of Wight, clearly won the hearts and minds of the planning committee. Construction will take two years and we plan to start in late 2010, creating up to 200 jobs, many of which will be locally sourced. Once operational, the facility will provide some 30 green collar jobs with a similar number being created within third party support services.

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