The UK government has approved a new waste to energy power station in Cheshire, allowing chemicals group INEOS Chlor Ltd to construct a 100 MW CHP station at Runcorn, in Cheshire.

The output from the power station will be utilised at the INEOS Runcorn site, a major chemicals manufacturing complex and one of the largest energy users in the UK.
The proposed plant has capacity to potentially take waste from Manchester, Merseyside, Halton, Cheshire and Warrington which would otherwise have gone to landfill.

Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said: ‘While acknowledging that this proposal was controversial locally, this approval takes into account the concerns that were raised.’