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17 Sep 2008 05:09:58

Factory to be partially powered by waste



Factory to be partially powered by waste
A factory which consumes as much energy as the city of Liverpool has received planning permission for an energy-from-waste plant.

The new facility, which will be the biggest in the UK, will generate 100MW of electricity from up to 850,000 tonnes of fuel from municipal waste a year.

Even so, the plant will only generate less than a third of the 335MW of electricity the INEOS Chlor factory in Runcorn uses.

Energy minister Malcolm Wicks granted permission for the plant, which residents fear will mean "25 years of misery", saying: "It's important that we move forward in tackling the UK's waste problem.

"The proposed plant will make use of local waste for the production of energy, rather than contributing to the UK's landfills."

The £330 million facility will feature a water-cooled moving grate system to burn up to 100 tonnes an hour of waste passed through mechanical biological treatment.

Ineos, the worlds largest chlorinater paraffin producer, spends £100 million a year on energy.
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