Wales will soon see its first commercial bio-diesel plant open in Swansea. New company Bio Wales, established by local businessman Llyr ab Islwyn, has applied for planning permission for a purpose-built plant to be constructed on a 4.4 acre site in Fforestfach, along the M4 corridor.
The plant is anticipated to be up and running by spring, with an estimated production run of about 10 million litres of bio-diesel a year. It will use a chemical process to transform vegetable oil into bio-diesel for use as a road transport fuel.
Islwyn said: “With the reduced custom and excise tax in the UK, Bio-diesel is now a commercially viable alternative to regular diesel in this country.
“The UK market for diesel is £1,860 million litres every month so I am confident that we can help the people in Wales by bringing environmental and cost benefits to all users.”
The reduction of bio-diesel duty by 20p a litre, drop in price of used vegetable oil, and EU Bio Fuels Directive target of increasing bio-fuel use to 5.75% by 2010, has made its commercial production much more viable.