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Plans submitted for first waste to jet fuel plant in UK and Europe

Christian Fernsby |
Altalto Immingham Limited, a subsidiary of Velocys and a collaboration with project co-investors British Airways and Shell, has submitted a planning application to develop what is expected to be Europe’s first commercial scale household and commercial solid waste to sustainable fuels plant in North East Lincolnshire.

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Topics: EUROPE    UK    FUEL   

The site is near Immingham, close to the Humber Estuary. The plant would take over half a million tonnes each year of non-recyclable everyday waste otherwise destined for landfill or incineration, and convert it into cleaner burning sustainable aviation fuel and road fuel.

The technology, integrated by Velocys, enables a net 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for each tonne of sustainable jet fuel that displaces a tonne of conventional fuel. The greenhouse gas reductions achieved from the plant’s annual output are equivalent to up to 40,000 standard size petrol engine cars.

The fuel also improves air quality, with up to 90% reduction in particulate matter (soot) from aircraft engine exhausts and almost 100% reduction in sulphur oxides; and the technology offers a lower emissions route to process UK waste than incineration or landfill.

The development is also anticipated to bring hundreds of millions of pounds of investment, hundreds of jobs during construction and approximately 130 permanent jobs into the region.

Domestically producing the fuel will have the added benefit of improving the UK’s fuel supply and resilience given the UK currently imports more than 70% of its jet fuel from abroad.

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