JOANNE CARROLL Last updated 19:01, May 24 2018 Supplied Renew Energy has found a company o own and operate the waste to energy plant proposed for Westport. The company behind a controversial plan to build a waste to energy plant on the West Coast has signed a $300 million deal with a Chinese investor. Renew Energy Ltd has attracted company China Tianying Inc to own and operate the $300m waste to energy plant proposed for Westport. Renew Energy chief executive David McGregor said the company would apply for resource consent this year and Renew would work on supplying 300,000 tonnes of waste to the plant.The company hit a stumbling block when a $350,000 Government grant was put on ice after Economic Development Minister Shane Jones found out its former director, Gerard Gallagher, was under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. Gallagher was found by the State Services Commission to have engaged in serious misconduct by trying to earn fees for property sales and other services while working for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. McGregor said Gallagher was no longer involved and the proposal was not reliant on Government funding. It had already received $50,000 for a feasibility study from the previous National government. READ MORE: Government grant stalled over links to businessman under Serious Fraud Office probeWestport’s… Read full this story
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