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Second AD plant wins approval

Earthly Energy’s second energy-from-waste plant has been given the green light.

Earthly Energy states it intends to make Teesside a “centre for excellence in renewable energy” and it will now move forward with the 5.1 MW plant at Redcar.

The latest news brings the total jobs tally up to 200, in a £32m boost for anaerobic digestion technology on Teesside.

There are also plans for four more similar sized plants around the country in a total £100m finance package, heavily backed by government and private investors.

In August 2012, the company achieved a national first when its Middlesbrough AD plant was given Regional Growth Funding of £1m.

This was followed in October by an announcement that Greensphere Capital was to invest up to £100m to create an AD platform in the UK of six 5.1 MW plants, in partnership with Earthly Energy.

A month later, Earthly Energy became the first in the UK to receive £8m from the government’s Green Investment Bank.

The company intends to use biomass from grass cuttings, garden rubbish, pig slurry and thrown-away food.

Construction began on Wilton-based Earthly Energy’s first plant at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Park in April.

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