Plans for bio-fuel plant take shape

A US-BASED fuel producer is in negotiations to build a plant in Dublin to produce a green biojet fuel made from waste.

Australian airline Qantas is due to announce a deal to build the world's second commercial-scale plant to produce green biojet fuel made from waste.

Its proposed partner, the US-based fuel producer Solena, is also in negotiations with easyJet, Ryanair and Aer Lingus about building a plant in Dublin, but sources said that this project was less advanced.

Solena's joint venture with Qantas is expected to be announced within the next fortnight.

The news follows a deal with British Airways, signed in February last year, to build the world's first commercial-scale biojet fuel plant in London.

This initiative is expected to create up to 1,200 jobs and if the new plant gets the go-ahead in Ireland, could have the potential for hundreds more jobs.