A £60m 'green' plant that would turn waste into electricity is planned for land next to Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant at Hooton Park.
Biossence is preparing to submit a planning application to neighbouring Wirral Borough Council for a £60m combined waste treatment and energy recovery facility on the site of an old petroleum tank farm next to the car factory and Eastham Oil Terminal.
It will be a low-elevation glass and wood building. There won't be any chimneys or cooling towers.
Each year the centre - the first of its kind in Europe - would steam-treat up to 400,000 tons of household waste brought via the Ship Canal on barges from across Merseyside, turning it into sufficient electricity to power the equivalent of 50,000 homes in Wirral.
But the company making the application claims the plant would use an autoclaving process that is 'cleaner and greener' than other waste disposal, like landfill and incineration, and strictly scrutinised by the Environment Agency.
Biossence says the process means using high-pressure steam to sterilise and dissolve the waste down to its various parts.
The resulting sterile 'flock' is then turned into a synthetic gas which is used to fuel engines to produce about 20 megawatts of electricity.
The company sees Hooton Park as an ideal site for the plant as it already has planning permission for waste treatment and is near the motorway network and the Manchester Ship Canal.