Stanlow oil plant hosts Ministerial visit to view ‘green’ energy plans

Jon Barden, left, and Andrew Stephenson

Essar UK’s Stanlow oil refinery today (May 14) hosted a visit by Andrew Stephenson, Minister of State at the Department for Transport.

The Minister met senior company representatives and discussed plans to create a new facility to convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports.

The project involves Essar Oil UK, Fulcrum BioEnergy and Essar’s subsidiary company Stanlow Terminals Limited and will convert several hundred thousand tonnes of pre-processed waste, otherwise destined for incineration or landfill, into approximately 100 million litres of low carbon SAF annually.

Officials also briefed the Minister on Essar’s wider plans to build a net zero energy industrial cluster at Stanlow, which includes the construction of hydrogen production units as part of the HyNet project to create a hydrogen economy across North West England and North East Wales.

HyNet’s hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) chain represents a major step forward for low carbon energy technology and innovation in the UK.

Andrew Stephenson said: “Sustainable aviation fuels play a critical role in delivering the UK’s net zero commitment and this government is already supporting a variety of technological developments in this area.

“With just six months to go until COP26 and as we look to tackle climate change, it was great to visit Essar today to see how they plan to convert everyday household waste into sustainable jet fuel.”

Jon Barden, chief operating officer, Essar, said: “We’re delighted the Minister was able to come to Stanlow and hear first hand about our future development priorities which are aligned with the Government’s own Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.”

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