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Avonmouth plant closed until 2020

The troubled Avonmouth gasification plant is not now due to reopen until at least early 2020.

An annual report filed at Companies House by Avonmouth Bio Power said operations “may” re-start then after the plant undergoes a major redevelopment.

The plant was established in 2013 to process refuse-derived fuel (RDF) from the adjacent mechanical and biological treatment works formerly run by New Earth Solutions Group.

But although the plant could handle 120,000 tonnes a year of RDF using pyrolysis and gasification and produce 14.8MW of power, it “always operated at below its design point, and the lack of performance and hence lack of revenue generation resulted in a decision to suspend operations at the plant with a view to implementing major redevelopment programme”, the report by director Ian Brooking said.

It had at one point been expected to re-open this year.

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