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Carbon recycling company LanzaTech UK has been granted permission for a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility on a former industrial site in Port Talbot, Wales, Insider Media reported.

After receiving a £25M grant from the UK Department for Transport Advanced Fuels Fund, the company – a subsidiary of LanzaTech Global – had submitted a planning application for the development, known as Project Dragon, the 27 March report said.

Neath Port Talbot Council's planning committee unanimously approved the facility at Crown Wharf, Insider Media wrote.

LanzaTech was quoted as saying the decision marked a “significant milestone” for its project to build carbon recycling facilities at the site.

“This milestone demonstrates the potential for Port Talbot to transition to clean green industries,” LanzaTech UK managing director Jim Woodger was quoted as saying.

With construction of the facility scheduled to begin at the end of this year, production was expected to start in 2026, Insider Media wrote.

Using an alcohol-to-jet process developed by US sustainable fuels technology company LanzaJet, the facility would process ethanol into 100M litres/year of SAF, the report said.

However, the schedule was subject to the securing of the legislation, investment and offtake agreements that were needed before a final investment decision could be made, LanzaTech said.