Webinar will share plans for developing a world class location for growth in net zero carbon technology

4 June 2021

Delegates attending the Cheshire West and Chester: Developing a World Class Location For Net Zero Carbon Growth webinar later this month (16 June) will hear from industry leaders about the ambitious plans to establish Ellesmere Port at the heart of decarbonisation delivery for Cheshire and Warrington, for the North West and the UK.

The Built Environment Networking webinar includes Myles Kitcher, Managing Director from Peel NRE, Richard Holden, Project Manager Essar, Rachel Perry, HyNet Project Manager, and Gemma Davies, Director of Economy and Housing at Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy & Regeneration said: "Delegates will hear from Gemma Davies who will explain why the Ellesmere Port Industrial Area is one of the most important industrial and employment clusters in the UK. It has the potential to fast track the UK's Green Industrial Revolution and help to achieve the UK's ambitious carbon reduction targets. The plans are for the area to be employing 35,500 people by 2040."

Peel NRE will be constructing a £7m waste plastic to hydrogen facility at the 54-hectare Protos site near Ellesmere Port. The development will see 14 full time permanent jobs created at Protos with over 100 jobs created in the North West during fabrication and construction. It will transform how plastic waste is dealt with in the region, treating up to 35 tonnes of unrecyclable plastics a day and using it to create a local source of hydrogen. This hydrogen could be used as a clean fuel for buses, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and cars, helping to reduce air pollution and improve air quality on local roads. The facility will also generate electricity which could be provided to commercial users via a microgrid at Protos, helping to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels.

Progressive Energy develop projects which reduce carbon emissions across industry, homes and transport.  The team are particularly focused on hydrogen and capturing and storing carbon (CCS).  They are the lead developer of HyNet North West, a clean energy project which is centred in west Cheshire.  Rachel will talk about projects which are needed to realise net zero Cheshire.

Essar Oil (UK) Limited has joined forces with Fulcrum BioEnergy Limited and Essar's subsidiary company Stanlow Terminals Limited to create a new facility which will convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports.

This innovative bio-refinery will convert several hundred thousand tonnes of pre-processed waste, which would have otherwise been destined for incineration or landfill, into approximately 100 million litres of low carbon SAF annually.  The £600m investment project will use Fulcrum's proven waste-to-fuel process, which is already being deployed at its pioneering facility outside of Reno, Nevada in the United States, where operations are due to begin later this year.

The Ellesmere Port Industrial Area currently has 1,330 businesses employing 24,100 people. This is expected to increase to 1,463 businesses, employing 35,500 people by 2040.

Registration is now open for the Cheshire West and Chester: Developing a World Class Location For Net Zero Carbon Growth webinar 16 June. Visit: https://www.built-environment-networking.com/event/cheshire-west-chester/

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