Work on the UK’s first large scale gasification plant began officially began today by London mayor Brois Johnson.
Based in Dagenham, this will be one of the UK’s first large scale advanced gasification plants and is expected to create 25 permanent skilled jobs as well as up to 100 construction jobs during the building works.
Once it is operational in 2013 it will turn almost 100,000T of waste into around 19MW of energy each year.
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) agreed a £8.9M loan to Biossence East London, some of which has been used to secure the site and complete preparation work.
This is part of the London Waste and Recycling Board’s commitment to supporting the development of new waste infrastructure in London.
The site has been bought from Ford Motor Company which will benefit from the energy generated by the facility, the majority of which will be exported to the National Grid.
The gasification plant will take household waste from the four local boroughs which form the East London Waste Authority - Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge