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US firm to build world’s largest energy from waste plant in UK

Air Products will set up and run the world’s biggest energy-from-waste facility in the North East of England

The Tees Valley plant will be the world’s largest and first in the UK

A US gas and chemical firm will build and operate the world’s largest gasification energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in the UK, it emerged this week. Pennsylvania’s Air Products will construct and manage the Tees Valley plant located near Billingham, Teesside.

The plant, with an approximate capacity of 50MW, will be the first of its kind in the UK and largest in the world. It is expected to power up to 50,000 homes and divert up to 350,000 metric tons of non-recyclable waste from landfill per year.

The project will utilise the Westinghouse gasification technology provided by AlterNRG. The technology uses more efficient, cleaner conversion of waste-to-power compared to traditional EfW technologies and has the potential to generate a wider range of products, including heat, hydrogen, chemicals and fuels.

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

Construction of the renewable energy plant will begin in the coming weeks with the proposed start of commercial operation in 2014.

UK deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in statement said: “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,” he added.