The Ince Bio Power plant uses advanced thermal treatment technology, also know as gasification, which turns waste into a combustible gas by heating in a virtually oxygen-free environment.

Each year, the plant will process up to 170,000 tonnes of waste wood, converting this into 21.5MW of electricity which is enough to power 40,000 homes.

BIG said the plant will deliver a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions worth around 65,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking 40,000 cars off the road.

Around 150 jobs were created during the construction of the plant which will now be operated and managed by 25 full-time employees.

The facility is located within the £700m energy hub Protos, owned by Peel Environmental, which includes an Energy from Waste facility, biomass facility and resource recovery technologies.

BIG also controls a co-located waste wood processing facility at Protos and a waste wood plant nearby at Widnes.

Neil Bennett, chief commercial officer at BIG, said: “We are delighted that Ince is now fully operational and will continue to generate clean, base-load, renewable energy for the people of the north-west of England.

“This is not only a significant milestone for Ince but also an important moment in the development of gasification facilities in the UK, which are a sustainable alternative to incineration.”

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