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Oil plant plan is set to go ahead after all.

A pounds 47m oil seed rape processing plant has been given the go-ahead on Teesside.

English Nature had objected to the plans for the crusher facility on leased land at Vopak's bulk liquid storage terminal on Seal Sands.

Further environmental information was then submitted in a bid to ease concerns over wild bird habitats and the potential impact on the adjacent Seal Sands Site of Special Scientific Interest. The conservation group has yet to submit further comments, but if the objection was lifted, Stockton Council's planning committee agreed they would accept the scheme.

At the meeting, Coun Paul Kirton expressed concerns that construction vehicles would impact heavily on traffic around Billingham.

Tees Valley Biofuels managing director designate Ian Waller, said: "I could not disclose exact details at this stage without jeopardising any commercial or confidential discussion, but it is reasonable to say that we will be using other methods other than road."

The plant will be the first of its kind in the North-East, supplying crushed rape seed oil and meal to customers as a renewable ingredient in biodiesel and power station fuels.

The first plant would initially employ 15 people. The full five-unit development would ultimately employ up to 70. It is hoped construction can begin this year.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 15, 2006
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