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Gasification facility to be built alongside MBT

Planning permission has been granted by Bristol City Council for the construction of a gasification and pyrolysis facility which will convert waste-derived biomass fuel into gas to power electricity-generating engines.

The facility, proposed by New Earth Energy, will be co-located alongside New Earth Solutions’ existing mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant at Avonmouth in Bristol.

New Earth Solutions has a contract with the West of England Partnership to treat over 120,000 tonnes of residual household waste a year from April 2011. The energy facility, which will generate 7.5MW of electricity, will utilise the waste stream provided by the contract.

New Earth planning director Rob Asquith said: “This decision [to grant planning permission] reinforces our underlying belief that pyrolysis and gasification are technologies that will significantly boost the UK’s renewable energy offering.

“Our solution promotes the value of recycling and, being co-located with the waste treatment facility, minimises traffic movements and helps contribute to the landfill diversion targets the West of England Partnership want to achieve.”

Construction of the MBT facility is already in advanced stages, ready for it to open in April 2011. The energy facility is set to be built next year, ready for power generation in 2012.

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