UK-based bioethanol producer Ineos Bio has received a £7.3 million (€8.77 million) grant from One North East and the Department for Energy and Climate Change towards the £52 million construction cost of its advanced bioethanol from waste plant.
The plant, to be located at the Ineos Seal Sands site in the Tees Valley, is designed to produce 24,000 tonnes per year (30 million litres) of carbon-neutral road transport fuel and generate more than 3MW of clean electricity for export from over 100,000 tonnes per year of biodegradable household and commercial waste.
This would provide the biofuel requirement of around 250,000 vehicles per year running on E10 and the electricity needs of 6,000 households.
It could be operational by 2012, helping to create 350 construction jobs and over 40 permanent skilled roles.
An expanded biorefinery, to be operational by 2015, would help to meet the UK’s renewable energy targets for transport fuel, power and heat set for 2020.