49MW biomass plant coming to Tees Valley
The facility still needs to be approved by Stockton on Tees Borough Council and receive consent from the Environment Agency. However, if it goes ahead, 50 permanent jobs will be created, in addition to 500-700 construction jobs.
It is expected to take three years to complete but once up and running the Tees Valley plant will generate 49MW of energy – enough to provide up to 50,000 households with electricity.
Waste will be diverted away from landfill sites and pre-treated before AlterNRG’s gasification technology will convert it into energy.
‘The UK continues to dispose of large volumes of waste to landfill, some of which could be converted to energy using technology such as advanced gasification,’ Ian Williamson, Air Products’ European hydrogen and bioenergy director said.
‘The technology that Air Products is proposing to bring to Teeside provides an alternative solution to the disposal or incineration of waste, with over 90% of the waste arriving to the site being diverted from landfill and used as a renewable energy resource.’