Gasification plant to join Thames eco-cluster

A high-tech energy-from-waste plant is the latest facility to join the line up of business planned for a business park designed to showcase sustainable industries on the Thames Estuary.

Waste management firm Cyclamax will build a gasification plant on the London Sustainable Industries Park, part of the ongoing Thames Gateway developed on the eastern outskirts of the city.

When operating at full capacity the plant will transform 100,000 tonnes of waste into 15 megawatts of energy – enough to power 20,000 homes.

It will divert commercial waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill, including non-recyclable waste from offices, restaurants and retailers.

The government-backed regeneration agency London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) is trying to create the UK’s largest concentration of environmental industries and technologies at the SIP in Dagenham.

Environmental technology businesses are expected to be worth £45bn to the UK economy by 2016 and the Dagenham industrial estate aims to provide a model for others to follow.

Mark Bradbury, deputy director of development at LTGDC, said: “The London Sustainable Industries Park represents a major opportunity for London’s environmental technology businesses.

“It provides access to Europe’s largest urban area and has an unrivalled source of raw materials and a multi-billion pound marketplace on the doorstep.”

John Williams, chief executive at Gateway to London, said: “Cyclamax’s plans are proof of London Thames Gateway’s position as the number one location for businesses working in environmental technologies and we are seeing huge interest from companies who want to join the region’s burgeoning market.

“The London Sustainable Industries Park is the core element of this proposition and working with LTGDC we look forward to building on the Cyclamax success and securing even more investment into this prime location.”

David Gibbs

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