‘World’s largest’ gasification EfW plant set to be built in UK

Plans to build the world’s largest advanced gasification energy-from-waste (EfW) plant have been announced by Air Products.

The 50MW Tees Valley plant, located at the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham, Teesside, will operate using advanced gasification EfW technology.

The Tees Valley plant, claimed to be the first of its kind in the world, is expected to produce enough electricity to power up to 50,000 homes.

According to Air Products, the plant is situated with good access and connectivity to local and national electrical distribution infrastructure, and close proximity to landfill disposal facilities.

Once operational, it will divert up to 350,000 metric tons of non-recyclable waste from landfill per year.

The plant is expected to create up to 700 construction jobs and more than 50 permanent jobs once operational.

The Tees Valley Renewable Energy facility’s core conversion technology — a Westinghouse gasifier supplied by AlterNRG — has been used successfully in other countries such as Japan.

It is said to offer a more efficient, cleaner conversion of waste to power than traditional EfW technologies and has the potential to generate a wider range of products, including heat, hydrogen, chemicals and fuels. The technology also produces 42 per cent fewer CO2 emissions per MWh than incineration.

Longer term, Air Products believes the potential generation of renewable hydrogen could be deployed for commercial use, such as fuelling public transport.

Air Products says it has secured the necessary environmental and planning approvals and the renewable energy facility is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2014.

Work has already begun to prepare the site and full-scale construction activities are scheduled to begin ramping up in the coming weeks.