Energy secretary Ed Davey yesterday approved plans 60MW energy from waste plant in Lostock, Cheshire.
Davey approved the plans of energy firm Eon and chemical firm Tata Chemicals Europe.
Local authority Cheshire West & Chester Council opposed plans triggering a public inquiry last year.
Construction on the plant is due to begin next year and operational towards the end of 2016. The Lostock plant will provide about one-third of Tata Chemicals Europe’s energy requirements. It will also allow the existing gas-fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant located at Winnington in Northwich to operate at reduced capacity.
“This decision is a milestone for EEW in the UK as it is our second UK plant to be granted planning consent,” said Eon Energy from Waste director Nader Bahri. “As a result, many tonnes of waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill could now be used to create sustainable energy.”