Plans for a biogas waste management plant on land at Deeside Industrial Estate in the Flintshire Enterprise Zone have been approved.
Flintshire County Council has approved the plans for a facility which will be built by Logik Strategic Land on the former site of the Gaz De France power station.
The plant is expected to handle up to 182,000 tonnes of waste a year, producing up to 2MW of energy.
The plant will use Israel-based ArrowBio technology, which treats municipal solid waste using a hydromechanical separation and preparation process to recover recyclables.
Water and mechanical equipment is used to separate the organic part of the waste, produce high methane content biogas for green energy uses and recycles 70%-80% of the waste.
By-products such as plastics, cardboard, wood and metals are suitable for recycling and some also for refuse-derived fuel treatment.
At the end of the anaerobic process, the organic remains are used as soil improver for agriculture and for bio-drying systems.
Dave Green, technical director of Logik, said the process would capture an extra 6,000 tonnes a year of valuable recyclables that would be missed by any other process.
“These are recyclables that are put into black bin bags by mistake and they are hard to obtain normally,” he said.
”We are proud to have this advanced process showcased here in north Wales, and for the first time ever outside Israel, attracting a global audience.”
Green said the plant would bring more than £50m of investment to the area, as well as jobs.
Planning consultancy Pegasus Group secured the permission from Flintshire council on behalf of Logik, and said the proposal would be the first UK site to use the technology.
Comment: Dave Green
We are a joint venture partner of ArrowBio, which originates from Israel
The plant creates employment throughout the construction period and subsequent ongoing operation. It is a major inward investment of over £50m in Flintshire, and brings arguably the most advanced and environmental friendly landfill diversion process possible today, by diverting over 85% of black bin waste back in to recyclables and recoverables.
The process captures 6,000 tonnes a year of valuable recyclables that have been misplaced and put into the black bin by mistake. These hard to obtain recyclables would normally be lost in any other process, thus putting Flintshire at the forefront of recycling.
The Arrow process is patented and has been developed during the past 15 years to now be ready for the global market. We are proud to have this advanced process showcased here in north Wales, attracting a global audience.
We are keen to fully support Welsh businesses, and several Flintshire-based transport companies and general waste contractors have supported this process by signing Letters of Intent to supply sufficient waste to run the plant – and all of it from within Wales.