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Landfill waste to power vehicles

Diesel pump
Ineos hopes to make the fuel commercially available by 2011

The company that owns Grangemouth's giant oil refinery has said it is to begin production of fuel made from landfill waste.

Ineos said it hopes to make the bio ethanol commercially available for drivers within two years.

The fuel would be made from a range of materials including recycled household waste.

Chief executive of Ineos Bio, Peter Williams, claimed it could also cut damaging emissions by as much as 90%.

Mr Williams told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme the fuel would be made by converting waste material into gas then into ethanol using naturally occurring bacteria.

'Sizeable contribution'

He said: "What we're talking about is what we think is a ground-breaking technology of making bio ethanol from a range of waste including landfill waste.

"We believe we can make enough of it to power cars.

"There's an awful lot of landfill waste around Europe and around the world and we believe sufficient to start making a rather sizeable contribution quite quickly."

Mr Williams said the company hoped to be producing the fuel commercially by as early as 2010.

He added: "We'd be using biodegradable waste and the impact on emissions compared to the use of petrol in cars is a saving of about 90% or more and that's from independent studies that we've done."

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