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News ReleaseAir Products to Outline Plans for a Second Renewable Energy Plant in Tees Valley

Public Exhibitions to be Held in Billingham: October 29th & 30th

October 23, 2012 Surrey, UK

Air Products (NYSE: APD) will outline plans to construct and operate a second renewable energy facility on Teesside at public exhibitions to be held next week in Billingham. Using the latest advanced gasification technology provided by AlterNRG, the proposed scheme will convert industrial and commercial waste into 50MW of renewable energy. A facility of this size would have the ability to generate the same amount of power that is consumed in 50,000 North East homes each year. It is anticipated that the new facility will create up to 50 permanent jobs and up to 700 jobs during its three-year construction period.

Presently the company is constructing its first renewable energy plant on the Reclamation Pond site (next to the North Tees Chemical Complex) near Billingham. It is proposed that this second, separate plant will be located on adjacent land.

Air Products will host an exhibition about its plans next week. The exhibition, open to members of the public, will be held at the Low Grange Community Centre, on Monday, 29th October (2.30pm – 8.00pm) and the Port Clarence Community Centre on Tuesday, 30th October (9.30am – 1.00pm). The exhibition is an opportunity for local people to learn more about the proposed project and meet the Air Products' team in advance of a planning application being submitted in a few months' time to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

More than 7,000 leaflets about the project and the exhibitions will be delivered this week to residents living in the surrounding area, and advertisements have been placed in the local press. Lisa Jordan, Business Manager for Bio Energy at Air Products said: "As with our first renewable energy plant, the availability of skilled labour, industrial land, good access to electrical infrastructure, and excellent road links were important factors in our decision to pursue an additional renewable energy plant in Teesside. Over the next three years, we would create up to 100 permanent jobs and work with local and national firms during construction. We estimate that over 1400 people would be employed during the construction of both plants."

Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North, welcomed Air Products' latest plans: "I was delighted to play a small part in bringing the first Air Products plant, now under construction, to Teesside but to learn of this huge vote of confidence by the company in our area by confirming a potential second plant is quite stunning and will sustain hundreds of construction jobs over several years. It shows that Teesside is successful at attracting world class technologies and corporations that create jobs and support the country's renewable energy agenda. By diverting waste from landfill the plant offers an environmentally-friendly solution for the production of renewable energy in the North East" The proposed scheme has also been welcomed by local business organisations including NEPIC, North East Chamber of Commerce, CPI and Tees Valley Unlimited.

The renewable energy plant requires planning consent from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and an environmental permitting consent from the Environment Agency. As part of this process, Air Products will be consulting over the coming months a range of local and national organisations such as Natural England and Northumbrian Water.

Notes to Editors:

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. More than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2012, Air Products had sales approaching $10 billion. For more information, visit 
www.airproducts.com.

More Information About the Project and Technology: 

  1. www.airproducts.co.uk/teesvalley is a dedicated website for the project
  2. Advanced gasification technology is used to convert a variety of feedstocks (for example non-recyclable waste) into an energy rich gas stream product which can be used to generate renewable power, hydrogen or biofuels. A non-hazardous by-product (slag) is also produced which could potentially be beneficially used in the manufacture of other products such as floor tiles, insulation, landscaping blocks or road aggregate.
  3. AlterNRG's Westinghouse Plasma solution – which will be used at the proposed facility - has been operating in waste destruction and generating energy from waste for over 15 years. Two existing facilities in Japan have been processing household and other industrial wastes into energy for over 7 years and have proven to be reliable and far below the stringent Japanese emission standards. The proposed Air Products facility will incorporate the best available clean-up technology from AlterNRG to reduce emissions further, making for clean and renewable energy production.

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