American company, Air Products (NYSE: APD) took a step closer to developing its pioneering $500m waste-fuelled power plant at Teeside, England this week.

The 50 MW plant saw another progression with the announcement of the award of a site preparation contract to Tolent Construction.
Waste to power plant UK
Scheduled to begin operating in 2014, the plant will divert up to 350,000 metric tonnes of non-recyclable waste annually from landfill and generate energy to power 50,000 homes.

The waste-to-energy plant will be the first in the UK to use a power generation technique known as advanced gasification, as well as being the biggest such facility in the world.

The move to viewing waste as a resource has been given a commercial boost in the UK by the government’s confirmation of a subsidy regime for April 2013 to 2017, a move which has been credited with creating the certainty needed for investment to take place.

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