TATA Chemicals Europe has said the new energy from waste plant at Lostock will help secure long-term jobs in the area.

The plant has been granted permission to proceed with a higher output than initially expected.

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In March, £480m funding for the LSEP was secured through a new joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and FCC Environment Group.

Fraser Ramsay of TCE said: “We’re extremely pleased that consent for the variation application has been granted as this will enable the Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant to generate greater electricity more efficiently.

“This project will provide enough electricity to power 125,000 homes from waste that is not suitable to be re-used or recycled, diverting it away from landfill.

Northwich Guardian:

“The increase in power output has been made possible by improvements in technology and an increase in the calorific value of the waste now available.

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“As noted by the Secretary of State’s decision letter, the increase in generation capacity will not result in additional vehicular movements, emissions will be less than those permitted in the original consent and the UK will gain urgently needed additional electricity generation capacity.

“As announced in March this year, CIP & FCC Environment Group, now own this project and will be taking the LSEP forward into construction and operation.

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“As part of the LSEP project, there will also be very substantial investment in TCE’s Lostock infrastructure and operations, supporting the long term future of this plant and local jobs.”