£19.9 million grant awarded to Hull gasification and anaerobic digestion facility


A Hull renewable energy park has been given a grant of £19.9 million from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Energy Works is planning a facility costing over £100 million that will contain a fluidised bed gasification facility, in-vessel composting and anaerobic digestion plant.


The grant is being given by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is managed by DCLG. This is the largest grant given to an energy project by ERDF in England and one of the biggest for any project in the UK.

Communities Minister Baroness Hanham met with staff from Spencer Group who are behind the project on a visit to Hull.

She said: “This plant will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the security and diversity of the energy supply.

“Supporting this Hull-based company with public funding to pioneer these cleaner, more efficient technologies and sharing the learning gained from operating the plant, will help to roll out similar facilities elsewhere in the UK around the world.

“This investment will create highly skilled jobs and contribute to the Humber area’s growing reputation as one of the best places in the world to develop environmental energy businesses.”

Spencer Group chief executive Charlie Spencer said: “We are delighted that the Government and the European Commission have recognised that Energy Works is an innovative, green and clean development which can be replicated elsewhere.”