Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has signed a deal with CoGen to develop gasification projects in the UK.
The agreement will kick off with a 15MW plant in Cardiff to process 150,000 tonnes a year of waste. Construction is due to begin in 2018 with operations starting in 2020.
CoGen will own and develop the Cardiff project with Lockheed Martin leading the engineering, procurement, manufacturing and construction.
Frank Armijo, vice-president of Lockheed Martin Energy (pictured, left), said the facility would showcase how bioenergy technologies can help reduce waste, decrease pollution and generate clean, renewable energy.
“We’re excited to team with CoGen on this, and we’re looking forward to other projects where we can help businesses, manufacturers and UK Governments address their critical waste and energy challenges,” he said.
In addition to the project in Wales, the two companies will jointly pursue similar facilities and smaller energy-from-waste projects for commercial and industrial businesses throughout the UK.
Ian Brooking, chief executive of CoGen (pictured, right), said: “Cardiff will be the first of a pipeline of projects that, in the coming decade, will see local smaller scale generation play a bigger part in delivering the UK’s energy requirements.”