LEADER of Thurrock Council, John Kent, has welcomed British Airways’ news that they are planning to create a world’s first waste-to-jet fuel facility in the borough.
John Kent said: “Two years ago, the government failed to step in and save an important part of the nation’s infrastructure – the Petroplus oil refinery.
“A year ago that same government failed to help another important component of our industry, Tilbury power station which ironically was using re-useable energy fuel.
“We have continued to work hard to attract new investment to our borough so today’s announcement that British Airways and Solena Fuels will be creating a world’s first unique facility at Coryton is great news.
“Over a thousand construction jobs and 150 permanent ones on the cutting edge of technology – Thurrock is, clearly, the place to be.
“Thames Enterprise Park is a key part of Thurrock’s growth plan. The arts to the west with High House Production Park, the Royal Opera House. The Backstage Centre and the planned film and television studios; commerce at Lakeside; education at the new Grays campus; regenerated port-related industries at Tilbury and DP World; and now this no one can say Thurrock doesn’t have a bright future”
Thurrock Council’s chief executive, Graham Farrant, has also welcomed the news that part of the former Petroplus oil refinery at Coryton will soon be playing a crucial role in the country’s economy once again.
Graham Farrant said: “This is exactly the sort of scheme we want to see at this important site – and it maintains the area’s links to fuel-based industry while encouraging a more sustainable method of developing those fuels.
“It is genuinely unique, bringing new jobs – both temporary and permanent; it is at the cutting edge of high-tech development; it is green; and it highlights Thurrock’s place at the heart of the Thames Gateway and the heart of Britain’s recovery.”
He added: “Thurrock has a long history with landfill, much of the borough has suffered over the years. Currently we have diverted much of our own waste away from burying it in the ground and it seems appropriate that our borough can now lead the world in finding another use for it.”