Industry in Teesside Is the Key to Waste Energy Success
By Leigh Teixeira
According a leader in the chemical industry the North East is currently at the head of what appears to be an industrial revolution. The North East is the facilitating power that will encourage investment in the multi million pound industry of electricity from waste.
North East Process Industry Cluster’s chief executive, Dr Stan Higgins, says that a £1.2 billion deal was made between SembCorp UK and Sita UK to build a waste to energy plant worth £250 million that will burn 430000 tons of waste sourced from Merseyside and convert it into electricity in Wilton. Dr Higgins says this is vital to the country’s energy industry.
The plant at Wilton will open up around 50 permanent jobs and enough electricity to power more than 60 000 homes will be generated when it opens up in 2016.
Dr Higgins has said that the deal struck between Halton Waste Partnership and Merseyside, which was announced last week and will stand for 30 years, will bring millions into the economy and offer job security thus discouraging fears that the North East would become the UK’s new waste dumping ground.
Oil and coal are sources of carbon which has formed naturally under the earth’s surface over billions of years. It is used to produce everyday things such as fertilizers and plastics. These resources are quickly being used up and forcing the world into another industrial revolution and thus the best way forward it to make use of materials which are completely recyclable.
There is already a plant in Wilton that is recycling plastic from a minimum of 30% of the milk bottles used in the UK. The polymer is then reformed to make new bottles.
Dr Higgins’s statements come as a response to Sabic UK, a petrochemicals firm, recently said that they will be cutting 160 employees from their Teesside workforce and GDF Suez is no longer generating any power at the Teesside Power Station based in Wilton. Fortunately no one has lost their jobs at this particular site.
Teesside has the industrial infrastructure to make the process of generating electricity from waste possible. Dr Higgins says that the area has the necessary port, rail and road facilities to be able to handle the volume of supplies necessary to make it viable as well as the people with scientific and engineering skills required to run the plant.
The Northumbrian Water has become one of the UK’s largest sewage works that’s able to convert waste into electricity at its facility based at Bran Sands, Teesside.
While many still believe that household waste should be buried, there are a number of projects being considered at the moment that would utilize different methods of waste disposal.
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