Output from the plant would be used to fuel low carbon HGVs and buses, with an output of up to 320gWh of fuel, developers say.

Infrastructure specialist, Peel Environmental, has signed a deal worth up to £150 million with Progressive Energy to deliver the ‘Bio-Substitute Natural Gas plant’ at the Protos energy hub, which also houses a biomass facility operated by the Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

Peel says the facility will generate renewable gas – BioSNG – a replacement for natural gas that is supplied to homes and businesses.

A planning application for the facility has been submitted to Cheshire West and Chester council, and subject to approval and funding, the plant is due to start production in 2022.

Documents submitted to support the application indicate that the facility will be fed using a feedstock of grade B or C waste wood and refuse derived fuel, using an ‘innovative’ gasification technology and “further onsite processing” to produce a gas capable of being used as a liquefied or compressed natural gas.

Gas from the proposed site will be used in the transport sector, generating enough Bio-Substitute Natural Gas (BioSNG) to power up to 1,000 low carbon HGVs and buses every year.

It is hoped the development will see 500 jobs created at the Protos site during construction, with 35 full time jobs subsequently being created.

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