Sewer waste could power Olympic transport

The chief executive of bus firm Stagecoach believes fats, oils and grease dumped in the capital's sewers could power 2012 transport.


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Brian Souter, speaking at the launch of ‘The Oil Crunch: A wake up call for the UK Economy’ made the point that the country was missing an opportunity for getting power from waste cooking oil.

Mr Souter, a Scot, said his home country had a plentiful supply of chip fat oil and he was working on using this on his buses.

He said: “We’re looking at a project with all this stuff that goes down the drains builds up in the pipes and turns to a thick paste like concrete.

“We have a suggestion … they scoop this stuff out of the sewer and it would make a really good biofuel.

“And if we had a plant in London we could run a large percentage of the Olympic bus fleet, about 3000 buses, on the gunge that comes out of our sewers.”

Luke Walsh

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