UK green bank backs £190m waste recycling plant

Plans to build a £190 million waste-to-energy facility at the Port of Tilbury in Essex have been unveiled. The Tilbury Green Power plant is expected to generate 300GWh of green […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Plans to build a £190 million waste-to-energy facility at the Port of Tilbury in Essex have been unveiled.

The Tilbury Green Power plant is expected to generate 300GWh of green electricity every year – enough to power more than 70,000 homes when it is commissioned in 2017.

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) and Irish energy company Electricity Supply Board (ESB) have committed £35 million each for the project, with an extra £2 million from technology provider Aalborg Energie Technik a/s.

Shaun Kinsbury, GIB Chief Executive said: “The Tilbury project is well placed to capitalise on the UK’s largest regional waste wood market, generating green electricity and creating local employment from London’s waste resources.”

It will use 270,000 tonnes of waste wood every year, which will be provided by Stobart Biomass and processed at a new £7.5 million onsite facility being built by Stobart Group.