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Island to open gasification plant
Gasification plant
The gasification plant will look similar to this one in Norway
Proposals for the South's first gasification plant have been unveiled on the Isle of Wight.

The power plant at Forest Park, near Newport, works by heating composting waste rather than burning it.

The resulting heat energy produces steam, which will be used to generate 2.3 mega watts of electricity - enough to power 2,000 homes.

Also, it is hoped the plant will divert 15,000 tonnes of waste from landfill when it opens in early 2008.

Recycling

The 8m facility will replace an exiting waste plant at Forest Park and its construction will be part-funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Councillor Tim Hunter-Henderson, the council's member for the environment and transport, said the new power plant would put the Isle of Wight at the forefront of waste management in the UK.

Bruce Gilmore, general manager of Island Waste Services, added: "This will lead to an even greater degree of self-sufficiency, which we are achieving through recycling, composting and now energy from waste.

"This project will mean that the Isle of Wight will have one of the highest landfill diversion rates in the UK."


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