�100m waste plant near Ford Dagenham put back by three years

Plans to open a �100million plant turning household waste into electricity have been put back to 2015.

Renewable energy company Biossence hoped to unveil the “gasification” factory near Ford Dagenham this year, but the firm severed links with a partner in Canada and is having to submit fresh plans to Havering Council.

Biossence said the new factory would be bigger, being able to recycle 130,000 tonnes of rubbish a year compared with 100,000 tonnes under the old blueprints.

The new factory would provide electricity for more than 50,000 homes, enough to power a third of the households in Barking and Dagenham, though most will go to the National Grid.

The new facility, near Creek Way, Rainham, would create 100 jobs during the two-year construction and up to 35 full-time positions when it opens.


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Biossence director Ralf Trottnow, 62, said: “This renewable energy plant will produce electricity and heat from the local waste that cannot be recycled, meaning less waste goes to landfill and less reliance on the burning of fossil fuels.

“We expect to generate up to 25 per cent more power than other technologies currently available using the same amount of fuel.”

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He added: “Though we already have permission to build a similar plant at this site, we are keen to engage with the local community on our latest scheme because it involves a different but more deliverable form of gasification.”

The 140ft tall plant will take waste from four east London boroughs including Barking and Dagenham.

Biossence is planning to consult the public.

The company hopes to submit fresh plans in March and, if everything goes smoothly, construction could begin in early 2013.

For more information visit to biossence.com

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