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Energy firm creates jobs in Liverpool

160 new jobs are being created on Merseyside by a firm which specialises in turning food waste into energy.

H2 Energy opens its new premises at Wellington Business Park, north Liverpool this morning.

The firm's first commercial 'bio-refinery' unit, which has been manufactured at the Liverpool site, will also be handed over to the company's first major client.

H2 Energy is one of only a few British companies specialising in small-scale 'anaerobic digestion'.

Mayor Joe Anderson, who helped bring the company to the city, will join H2 Energy bosses and guests for their official opening.

We have been working with them for a number of months to make it happen, because we are excited about the opportunities their innovative business will bring to local people.

Management of food waste is a real challenge for the major food retailers and I'm delighted that we now have a company, here in Liverpool, who will be working them to deliver effective, eco-friendly solutions.

The fact that we are home to one of the few companies in the UK offering this technology will certainly help boost our green credentials, as well as creating much-needed new jobs.

– Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

The firm has already taken on more than 30 members of staff as part of its commitment to create 160 jobs over the next three years. It claims the majority of the positions will be local.

All design, research and development, manufacture, field support and commercial activities are located at the Wellington Business Park site.

The city council says employment opportunities will include specialist engineering jobs, apprenticeships and business support roles.