Plans for a major new 100-work Quantafuel plastics recycling plant at Sunderland Harbor are approaching closer when an agreement is reached.

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Norwegian company Quantafuel is preparing a plan application to build a plant at Port of Sunderlandwhich would take plastic waste not currently recycled in the UK and “upgrade” it into products that can be used to produce new, high-quality plastic.

Now plans have taken a step closer to becoming a reality later Sunderland City Council officially agreed to give the company the first option to develop the land.

Quantafuel Sunderland Ltd – part of the specialist recycling company based in Norway – has met Sunderland City Council leader advisor Graeme Miller on May 31 to sign the option agreement on the proposed website.

CGI on what the Quantafuel Sunderland website will look like.

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The option agreement prevents the council from selling or leasing the land to anyone else while Quantafuel finalizes its offer and awaits a building permit.

Lars Rosenløv, CEO of Quantafuel, said: “We are delighted to sign the option agreement on this major development site in Sunderland and look forward to sending our planned application very soon.

“It is an important step in the process as we seek to develop new facilities to help address the issue of plastic waste in the UK, and we are very grateful for the support and encouragement of Sunderland City Council as we work to bring this long-term, sustainable recycling facility to realization. “

Cllr Miller said the council had worked hard to attract investment into the port and was excited about the development of new, low-carbon businesses on the site, which would boost Britain’s circular economy.

Norwegian recycling specialist Quantafuel may have to build a new plastic recycling plant at the Port of Sunderland. Winifred Johansen with Matthew Hunt (POS) and Cllr Graeme Miller.

“It was wonderful to meet with the Quantafuel team today to sign the land option agreement, which shows our commitment to them and our desire to become a key investment hub for innovative companies looking to develop and create the latest sustainable technologies to build. a green future, ”he said.

“The port is key to the city’s development plans and we continue to invest in it to develop our rail, road and sea links, which are essential to attracting such global investment. We look forward to working with Quantafuel as it develops its plans through planning. process. “

Quantafuel is ready to apply for permission to build the plastic recycling plant on a 12-acre site on the eastern edge of Sunderland Harbor.

The plant would take plastics that are not currently recycled from across the north of England.

Norwegian recycling specialist Quantafuel may have to build a new plastic recycling plant at the Port of Sunderland. Winifred Johansen with Matthew Hunt (POS) and Cllr Graeme Miller.

By chemically recycling it, Quantafuel produces a fossil oil substitute and reduces C02 emissions by up to 50% compared to incineration.

Subject to planning permission, Quantafuel plans to operate the plastics recycling plant by 2024, creating about 100 new, long-term jobs. It will also support about 200 jobs during construction and create training and apprenticeship opportunities for the local community.

If approved, the facility will be designed to process approximately 100,000 tons of low-grade plastic waste, such as soft food packaging and a range of domestic and industrial plastics.

Norwegian recycling specialist Quantafuel possibly to build a new plastic recycling plant at the Port of Sunderland. Winifred Johansen with Matthew Hunt (POS) and Cllr Graeme Miller.

Quantafuel held consultative events in March this year to enable the public to learn more about the plans, and it also distributed leaflets to thousands of homes to raise awareness of its development plans.

Norwegian recycling specialist Quantafuel may have to build a new plastic recycling plant at the Port of Sunderland. Winifred Johansen with Matthew Hunt (POS) and Cllr Graeme Miller.

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