World first ‘waste to biofuels’ plant progresses to FEED stage

UK Protos Biofuels Ltd (Protos), a project formed in a Joint Development Agreement between Greenergy and Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd to develop, construct and operate up to five municipal waste to advanced biofuel plants in the UK, has announced that its first project has progressed into the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase.

Protos, a joint venture between Greenergy and Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd, has announced that its first municipal waste to biofuel plant has progressed into the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase.

Leading the way in future fuels

The result of Greenergy’s ongoing investment in renewables, the plant will convert municipal waste to biofuel and will meet the UK’s RTFO legislation as a development fuel.

Located on the Protos site in the North West of England, the project site is part of HyNet North West, one of the UK’s leading industrial decarbonisation projects. The commercial scale Protos plant will incorporate ABSL’s RadGas process technology and will be the first to produce grid-grade biomethane and biohydrogen from municipal waste. 

Due for completion in 2025, the project will divert 150,000 tonnes of household waste annually, the amount produced by a large town, from landfill and incineration, converting it into renewable low carbon fuel. By using waste as a feedstock, the plant will avoid 160,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year, equivalent to the emissions of 107,000 cars, through the replacement of fossil fuel with waste-based fuel alternatives and the capture of carbon dioxide.  

Reducing waste and decarbonising transport

Petrofac has been appointed to deliver the FEED, with Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) to supply the gasifier that converts the household waste into synthesis gas (syngas); Proval to design the direct current plasma arc furnace that will be used to clean the syngas; and Wood to licence their VESTA process that will convert syngas into biomethane and biohydrogen. 

Martin Hopkins, Project Director for Protos Biofuels, said: “We are delighted to bring the world’s first commercial scale municipal waste-based biofuel plant to FEED stage.  Through Petrofac, SFW, Proval and Wood, we are bringing together world class partners to develop a world leading project to decarbonise transport. When complete, the plant will play an essential role in delivering the UK’s net zero and energy security strategies.”