INEOS Bio to Build Waste-to-Bioethanol Plant

INEOS Bio said it is setting up a new £52m ($78m) waste-to-bioethanol plant in the North East of England, the first of its kind in Europe.

The plant will convert 100,000t of biodegradable household and commercial waste annually into 24,000t of zero-carbon road transport fuel and 3MW of renewable electricity for homes and industry per year.

The 30 million-litre waste-to-bioethanol plant is expected to be operational by 2012.

The new plant, which is partly owned by the government, is expected to be expanded into a larger integrated biorefinery, combining advanced bioenergy production with advanced waste treatment by 2015.

The biorefinery will meet the UK's renewable energy targets for 2020, the company said.

A grant of £7.3m ($10.98m) was funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and regional development agency One North East, according to

The plant will use the company's BioEnergy Process Technology, which uses anaerobic digestion to convert gases derived directly from biomass into bioethanol, INEOS said.