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British Airways to build biofuel plant

British Airways (BA) is to build a carbon neutral waste-to-energy jet fuel plant to produce 73M.litres of fuel for its fleet each year.

The airline has signed a letter of intent to purchase all fuel produced by the plant, which will be built by US-based energy and bio fuels company Solena Group. Principal consultant on the project is Arcadis UK.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2012, ending two years later. BA will use fuel produced by the plant from 2014.

Four brownfield locations in east London have been shortlisted for the plant, which will need around 8ha of land and will be the first of its type in Europe.

Up to 500,000t of biomass waste will be converted to fuel each year, potentially saving local authorities £36M in landfill tax bills. The feedstock will mainly be sourced from local waste management facilities.

The only waste product produced will be a slag material that could be used as construction aggregate.

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