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TIRE-FUELED GENERATING STATION ON TRACK IN WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND

TIRE-FUELED GENERATING STATION ON TRACK IN WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND
 HAMMOND, Ind., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives of NIPSCO Development Company, Inc. and ELM Energy and Recycling (UK) Ltd. today participated in ground-breaking ceremonies for a new, 30-megawatt tire-fueled generating station being built in Wolverhampton, England.
 The first of its kind in England, the ELM plant will burn whole, unshredded tires to generate electricity. The plant will employ 60 people and use about 8 million to 10 million automobile and truck tires a year to produce electricity for about 25,000 homes in the West Midlands. The plant is expected to begin operations by August 1993.
 What makes this plant unique is that it will produce electricity "cleanly," without producing harmful emissions. All by-products created by the plant, including its ash, steel wire and zinc, will be recycled for use in other industrial processes. The whole tires will be burned in incinerators developed by Basic Environmental Engineering (Glen Ellyn, Ill.). The incinerators are specifically designed to ensure complete and environmentally safe combustion. Construction of the plant is being coordinated by T.B.V. Power Ltd. of Wolverhampton, a joint venture company between Tarmac PLC of Wolverhampton and Black & Veatch Engineering, Inc. (Kansas City, Kan.).
 "The environmental benefits of this plant make ELM such an exciting and unique project," said Gary L. Neale, executive vice president of NIPSCO Industries, Inc., and director of ELM Energy (UK). "Landfills around the world are rapidly being consumed because of used tires. We have proved that with existing technology, tires can be a viable, environmentally benign energy source."
 Anne S. Evans, ELM's managing director, said: "We are very pleased that NIPSCO Development has made the commitment to help us make this project a reality. Not only will this project enhance the environment by removing used tires from the landscape, the local economy is also greatly improved by the major investment this plant brings to the West Midlands."
 Total cost of the plant is expected to be $85 million. Funding for the project was provided by NIPSCO Development, Barcley's Bank PLC and The Fuji Bank, Limited.
 NIPSCO Development Company, Inc., a 95 percent shareholder in ELM Energy, is a subsidiary of NIPSCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NI), an energy-based holding company located in Hammond, Ind. NIPSCO Industries, Inc.'s primary subsidiary is Northern Indiana Public Service Company, the largest natural gas and electric utility in Indiana.
 ELM Energy and Recycling (UK) Ltd. was formed to develop, own and operate a waste-to-energy electricity generating plant in Wolverhampton, England.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas J. Kallay of NIPSCO, 219-647-6203/
 (NI) CO: NIPSCO Development Company, Inc.; ELM Energy and Recycling (UK)
 Ltd.; NIPSCO Industries, Inc. ST: Indiana IN: UTI SU: PDT


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