Altalto is a collaboration between three co-investors: Velocys, British Airways and Shell.
Together we are developing the first commercial scale waste-to-transport-fuels plant in the UK – in Immingham, North East Lincolnshire, subject to planning, permitting and final investment decisions.
At the plant, we will combine proven technologies in a new integrated process which turns household and office waste into a cost effective and sustainable supply of transport fuels – especially aviation fuel. We will also prevent this waste from going into unsustainable landfills.
The UK needs to build a capability to make heavy transport on roads and in the air more sustainable. These modes of transport will rely on high density energy liquid fuels for the foreseeable future, with no realistic prospect of electrification.
Subject to planning permission and funding, and once fully operational, this plant will take hundreds of thousands of tonnes per year of post recycling waste, otherwise destined for landfill or incineration, and convert it into over 60 million litres of clean burning sustainable jet and road fuel each year.
This will lead to an estimated net CO2 saving of over 80,000 tonnes per year – equivalent to taking over 30,000 cars off the road.
We identified a number of potential sites across the UK and secured the preferred site for our first plant, near Immingham, in December 2018.
The site is called Portlink 180 which consists of approximately 80 acres of land located on Hobson Way, between Immingham and Grimsby in North East Lincolnshire.
The site itself is currently vacant land and is surrounded by existing industrial buildings and land uses; as such its impact on local residents will be minimal. It is situated in the Humber Enterprise Zone, and is earmarked for industrial development within North East Lincolnshire Council’s Local Plan. We believe that this is a perfect location for a sustainable fuels plant.
Immingham and the surrounding “Energy Estuary” is renowned for fuels production expertise and has a skilled local workforce that we believe can help deliver this project.
Alongside the noted environmental benefits, the development will bring significant investment, creating qualified jobs during construction and permanently in the ongoing operation of the plant.
It will also help establish North East Lincolnshire as an international hub for renewable fuels.
We are working closely with North East Lincolnshire Council as we develop our proposals to bring forward a well-designed planning application for the site.
We hope to submit a planning application to NELC in the summer of 2019.
Prior to the submission of our planning application we will hold a series of public consultation events, which will allow interested local stakeholders to view our plans and provide feedback. Details of these will be available on this site once they have been scheduled.