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Altalto Immingham granted NELC planning and £0.5m in DfT funding

In the UK, the North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) has provided formal notice of the decision to grant planning to Altalto Immingham, the country's first commercial waste-to-fuels (WtF) plant being developed by advanced biofuels gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology Velocys plc in partnership with British Airways PLC and Shell International Petroleum Co Ltd (Shell). In addition, Velocys has secured GBP 500 0000 (≈ EUR 557 100) of funding for the project from the Department for Transport (DfT).

An artist’s rendering of the Altalto Immingham waste-to-fuel plant in the UK that has been granted planning permission by the North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC). Velocys has also been awarded GBP 500 000 (≈ EUR 557 100) grant from the Department for Transport (DfT) for the project (image courtesy Velocys).

In 2018, Velocys was awarded a grant of GBP 400 000 (≈ EUR 457 800) for the Altalto waste-to-fuels project from the Department for Transport (DfT), under Stage One of the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C) and was shortlisted to receive an award in Stage Two.

The DfT has now made GBP 500 000 (≈ EUR 557 100) of the Stage Two grant available to Velocys. Velocys is one of the two remaining companies expected to receive the balance of funding in Stage Two, subject to completion of future project milestones.

We are very pleased to have the continued support of the Department for Transport for this project. The Altalto project is a key step towards a substantial supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in the UK, which is essential for meeting net-zero carbon targets. This grant, particularly at the present time, underlines the importance of our project to the Government’s plans for a green recovery, said Henrik Wareborn, CEO of Velocys.

Launch of Jet Zero Council

At the government’s COVID-19 afternoon press briefing on June 12, 2020, Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, announced the establishment of a new Jet Zero Council and confirmed Government support for Velocys.

Today’s announcement on the formation of a Jet Zero Council shows that a new era of net-zero carbon flying is on a credible path, at a time when we need it more than ever. This follows news earlier today that our Altalto waste-to-jet fuel facility – the first of its kind in the UK – has received additional funding from Government and formally received planning permission, meaning it could be producing sustainable aviation fuel in commercial scale by the middle of this decade, commented Henrik Wareborn.

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