The government has approved construction of a 60MW energy-from-waste generating station at Northwich in Cheshire.
The proposed development by Tata Chemicals Europe and E.ON at Lostock will generate enough power to supply 80,000 homes and create 500 jobs during the construction, which is likely to begin next year.
The fuel for the power station will be a mixture of treated municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste and solid recovered fuel.
The go ahead follows an extensive public inquiry.
Martin Ashcroft, Tata Chemicals Europe’s managing director, said: “This decision is excellent news. The plant is designed to provide steam to Tata Chemicals Europe’s Lostock factory.
“As an energy intensive business, we are faced with ever-rising gas prices which are increasingly difficult to absorb. The new plant will give us fuel price stability which will allow us to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and to plan our long-term future.”