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Go-ahead for power scheme.

A WASTE-TO-ENERGY scheme that could deliver green electricity to 11,000 homes has moved a step closer after planners gave it the green light.

In March Wilton-based Earthly Energy said it was bringing a pounds 6m anaerobic digestion plant to the Middlesbrough site vacated by bio-fuels firm D1 Oils when it pulled out of Teesside in 2008.

Now BF Oils Ltd, a subsidiary of Earthly, has received planning consent for the facility, which it says will be up and running by June next year.

General manager Yotta Karanicolas said: "As more and more legislation forces manufacturers, farmers and other producers to dispose of waste responsibly, we would be delighted to work together to provide a sustainable solution.

"With this in mind, we welcome an approach from members of the local farming and waste disposal industries."

Based on a site at Forty Foot Road, the plant will convert grass cuttings, garden rubbish, pig slurry and waste food into fertiliser and biogas which will be turned into electricity and sent to the National Grid.

Initially it will produce electricity to power 6,000 homes. In the second phase of the project, the power output will rise to provide electricity to 11,000 homes.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 16, 2011
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