Velocys, a UK renewable fuels company, has secured the option to acquire a site near Immingham where it plans to develop the country’s first commercial scale waste-to-jet-fuel project.
The engineering and business case for the project – named Altalto – is being developed by Velocys, with the support of British Airways, Shell and the Department for Transport.
Subject to planning permission and a final investment decision, the plant would take hundreds of thousands of tonnes per year of residual waste left over after recycling, otherwise destined for landfill or incineration, and convert it into clean-burning, sustainable aviation fuels.
It would generate hundreds of local jobs during the construction phase and, once complete, between 50 and 100 direct full-time jobs.
The site of approximately 80 acres, near Immingham, is in an Enterprise Zone and earmarked for industrial development within the Local Plan.
Henrik Wareborn, CEO of Velocys, said: “We are very pleased to have secured such a suitable site for the project. Immingham and the surrounding “Energy Estuary” area is renowned for fuels production expertise and has a skilled local workforce that can help deliver the UK’s first commercial scale waste-to-jet-fuel plant. We look forward to engaging with North East Lincolnshire Council and the rest of the local community as we move into the planning phase next year.”
Cllr Ray Oxby, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council said: “We’re delighted that Velocys plc has selected North East Lincolnshire for its plant. The project aligns perfectly with our plans for the future prosperity of our area, the development of our community and its growing reputation as a centre for renewable energy. With this announcement, and the growing momentum around the Town Deal, it’s clear business confidence in North East Lincolnshire and what we have to offer is growing into real results.”
Cllr Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration said: “The Portlink 180 site is a key part of the South Humber initiative and this proposed investment will, I am sure, become an important component of the local economy. North East Lincolnshire is fast becoming a hot spot for new energy investment, both onshore and offshore, and investments like this are a real recognition of our area’s strengths and wider offer.”
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO said: “We’re very pleased by today’s announcement. Our partnership on this waste-to-jet-fuel project is a significant part of our goal to develop long-term, sustainable fuel options that will help power our aircraft for years to come. Our commitment to this goal is multifaceted, and just this month we launched our Future of Aviation Fuels challenge, working with universities to map a pathway for the UK to lead on the jet fuels of the future.”
Development of the site is subject to planning consent; the formal planning application process is expected to begin in 2019.