Tata Chemicals Europe has announced that it intends to operate a new energy from waste plant (EFW) at its Lostock manufacturing site in Northwich, Cheshire, UK in a joint venture worth £480 million.
The Indian conglomerate has reached an agreement for the plant with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and FCC Environment Group.
The £480m investment in the 60 MW waste-to-energy plant will be one of the largest ever made on the site, which has been in operation since 1907.
It is planned to divert 600 000 tonnes of residual waste from landfill and generate enough renewable electricity to offset more than 200 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The site will recover energy from the residual waste that remains when reusable and recyclable material has been extracted.
The construction of this plant in part at least results from the increased pressure from environmental initiatives and the international Paris Agreement facing the industrialists to reduce waste, reduce their carbon footprint and build more self-sustaining models.