Agreement for £230m UK waste-to-energy plant

Article by Amanda Jasi

PD Ports
The planned waste-to-energy plant will be located to the south of Teesport Commerce Park, Teesside, UK

MAJOR port group PD Port and Wentworth Clean Power (WCP) have entered an agreement for a project to develop a £230m (US$307.7m) waste-to-energy plant in Teesside, UK.

The state-of-the-art facility will have capacity for 300,000 t/y of feedstock and will deliver 30 MW in electrical output, enough to power 27,000 homes with the potential to provide decentralised energy to existing and planned industrial users via combined heat and power. It will use a variety of waste streams and employ proven technologies.

Under the agreement, WCP will develop, finance, and deliver the project together with its partners. WCP develops advanced waste-to-energy projects in the UK.

The project, to be named Teesport Renewable Energy Centre, will sit on a 36,421 m2 footprint, on Dockside Road, to the south of Teesport Commerce Park, Teesside, UK. The construction phase is expected to create 250–300 full-time jobs, and 40 permanent jobs once the plant is operational. The plant is expected to become operational in the second half of 2024.

The next step of the project will involve discussions with the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, the local Planning Authority, to formulate, prepare, and submit a full application for consideration to enable construction to commence.

James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: “This announcement is such welcome news on many levels. Attracting such investment at this time of global crisis is a testament to the strength of the region, and these jobs are so important to our community.

“Our collective commitment towards Net Zero remains a top priority and this project will bring us closer to delivering a more sustainable and greener economy for the future.”

Article by Amanda Jasi

Staff reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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