UK to host world’s largest advanced gasification plant

Air Products has today announced plans to build and operate the world’s largest advanced gasification renewable energy plant in the UK.

Located at the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham, Teesside, it would be the largest plant to operate using energy-from-waste (EfW) technology worldwide with a capacity of 50MW.

It is estimated that the plant, if built, would provide enough power for 50,000 households and divert up to 350,000 metric tonnes of waste from landfill per year. The project is also expected to create up to 700 jobs during construction and 50 permanent jobs following completion.

Air Products says it has already secured the necessary environmental and planning permits and is on schedule to begin producing power at the facility from 2014.

John McGlade, chairman, president and chief executive of Air Products, said: “Our investment in advanced gasification EfW technology is a natural extension of our onsite business model. Offering an innovative growth opportunity, it allows us to further extend our leading position in the global energy market and continue to deliver on Air Products’ commitment to sustainability.

“The UK is committed to diversifying its sources of energy, strengthening its energy security and reducing its carbon emissions. This pioneering clean energy technology model is well-suited to these requirements, offering a sustainable solution to the UK’s waste management strategy. The facility will also create skilled jobs in the area and we are hopeful it will provide an indirect boost to the local economy through the use of local service companies, hotels and other businesses.”

Deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, added: “Advanced gasification has a key role to play in delivering renewable energy and I warmly welcome the decision by Air Products to proceed with its Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility. Air Products’ announcement reflects the UK’s commitment and support for clean energy, combined with our stable and transparent environment for investors.”