Mayor Boris launches �80m green fuel project

BORIS Johnson has kicked off work on an �80 million plant that will transform household rubbish from Newham and neighbouring boroughs into clean energy.

The Biossence at Ford Dagenham will be the UK’s biggest low carbon waste plant, generating electricity for 15,000 homes from 2013. It will create 25 permanent jobs and employ 100 people during construction work.

Transportation will be minimal, also helping to cut carbon emissions.

The London Mayor trumpeted yesterday: “This will be a fantastic facility taking our everyday rubbish and miraculously transforming it into a valuable resource - electricity.

“People can rest easy knowing that instead of any rubbish they are unable to recycle being dumped in a landfill site and emitting harmful greenhouse gas emissions, it will be used to power their homes with green energy.”

The plant will break down nearly 100,000 tonnes of rubbish from the Frog Island waste facility in Rainham every year, process it through heating and chemicals to create a synthetic gas fuel able to generate electricity.

The Mayor also visited an adjacent which promotes low carbon technology and is seen as a key asset to the Thames Gateway regeneration.