Velocys secures planning permission for UK's first wate-to-jet plant
Sustainable fuels technology company Velocys has received planning approval to build its proposed Altalto Immingham waste-to-jet fuel plant on a site in the north-east of England. Subject to completion of legal agreements with the local council and final funding, the company says it plans to begin construction in 2022 and to start producing commercial volumes of SAF in 2025. The plant will convert "hundreds of thousands" of tonnes of non-recyclable household and commercial waste, otherwise destined for landfill or incineration, into SAF for the partners in the project, Shell and British Airways. The planning approval had been subject to an objection by the government-sponsored body Natural England, which expressed concern over the plant’s location near an estuary site rich in wildlife but the objection was withdrawn and the council unanimously approved the application.