An American gasification specialist has been granted planning permission to build a 19MW plant at the London Sustainable Industries Park in Dagenham.
Chinook Urban Mining submitted an application to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s development control board last year, for a plant with the capacity to produce 180,000 tonnes of gas each year.
Thames Gateway Waste, a company set up by Chinook specifically to deliver the project, will operate the plant.
Planning approval is subject to the company agreeing a £290,000 contribution towards public transport and London ‘Green Grid’ initiatives, £10,000 towards Site of Importance for Nature Conservation Improvements, a commitment to install infrastructure for a district heating network and commitments to use local labour.
Of the 19MW of electricity it will produce each year, around 5MW will be used to power the plant itself. The remaining 14MW will be exported to the National Grid – enough to power 32,000 homes each year.
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