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Lockheed Martin and CoGen to build energy-from-waste plant

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Lockheed Martin and CoGen have announced their plans to build an energy-from-waste plant in Cardiff, Wales, after signing a teaming agreement.

Lockheed Martin has signed a teaming agreement with CoGen Limited to develop energy-from-waste projects in the UK, starting with a new plant in Cardiff, Wales.

The Cardiff facility will convert waste into up to 15 megawatts (MW) of energy, enough to power about 15 000 homes and businesses in the local area. To generate energy, the plant will process approximately 150 000 tpy of waste, significantly reducing the need for landfill use. Construction is expected to begin in 2018, with operations starting in 2020.

"This project will make a substantial contribution to Cardiff and will further showcase how bioenergy technologies can help reduce waste, decrease pollution and generate clean, renewable energy," said Frank Armijo, Vice President of Lockheed Martin Energy. "We're excited to team with CoGen, and we're looking forward to other projects where we can help businesses, manufacturers and UK municipal and regional governments address their critical waste and energy challenges."

CoGen will serve as the owner and developer of the Cardiff project and Lockheed Martin will lead the engineering, procurement, manufacturing and construction of the plant. The facility will use Concord Blue's Reformer® technology, which converts waste to energy through a process called advanced gasification. The technology can convert nearly any kind of organic waste into clean, sustainable energy.

In addition to the Wales project, Lockheed Martin and CoGen will jointly pursue other similar projects, and smaller-scale opportunities to develop energy-from-waste projects for commercial and industrial businesses throughout the UK.

"CoGen is excited to be forming this partnership with Lockheed Martin and bringing the Concord Blue Reformer technology to the UK," said Ian Brooking, Chief Executive Officer of CoGen Limited. "Cardiff will be the first of a pipeline of projects that over the coming decade will see local, smaller scale generation play a bigger part in delivering the UK's energy requirements."

Based in England, CoGen is a leading advanced gasification energy-from-waste company within the UK. The company develops, constructs, manages, owns and executes advanced gasification plants throughout the UK, with five projects either generating energy or under construction, and six additional projects in planning.

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