Energy Works power plant overcomes major hurdle
RENEWABLES: A power station that will use household waste to generate enough energy for more than 25,000 homes has edged a step closer to reality.
More than 12 acres of land on the east bank of the River Hull, including the site of the old ADM Cocoa factory in Cleveland Street, has been earmarked for Energy Works.
The £150 million development, which will convert household waste into electricity through a process of "advanced gasification", is being developed by Spencer Group and will be part-funded by European grants.
Now, the European Commission has confirmed Spencer's application for a grant worth almost £20 million is in line with European Union state aid rules.
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This paves the way for the UK Government to provide the required grant assistance, which will come from the European Regional Development Funding pot of cash.
Spencer Group chief executive Charlie Spencer said: "We are pleased the European Commission has recognised the environmental and other benefits of the advanced technologies within Energy Works and that this development can pave the way for similar green energy projects in the UK and Europe."
Construction is expected to start early next year, with the first phase operational by late 2014.
Other elements of the facility will be added in phase two, which is expected to be up an running in 2015.