PRIME Minister Boris Johnson visited an energy company’s Holyhead site yesterday (January 27) for a briefing about the ways in which it is tackling waste, while also creating jobs and apprenticeships.
During his tour of Orthios Group’s facilities on the Isle of Anglesey, Mr Johnson was visited its ‘P-2-O’ (Plastics to Oil) plant and learned about its ability to convert unwanted plastics into oil, thus tackling plastics pollution and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
Mr Johnson, who was joined by the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart, and Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie, also heard about the export potential of ‘Welsh Oil’, before later visiting RAF Valley.
Orthios chief executive Sean McCormick said: “The visit to Orthios by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Wales was an important opportunity for us to show people at the very top of UK Government the pioneering ways in which the Orthios team is helping to tackle the climate emergency and make more sustainable use of what’s currently dismissed as ‘waste’ while also creating jobs and apprenticeships.
“The Prime Minister was particularly interested to learn about our ground-breaking Plastics-to-Oil process and how it will convert non-recyclable plastics into a climate-friendlier oil and other substitutes for materials currently heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
“He also enthused about the prospect of this ‘Welsh Oil’ becoming an export earner.
“The visit included a private meeting to discuss future Eco Park plans and aspirations, but the PM and his party, including Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie, spared a generous amount of time to talk with numerous employees and to pose for selfies.”
During a tour of North Wales yesterday, Mr Johnson also visited Hanson Aggregates’ plant in Penmaenmawr with Aberconwy MP, Robin Millar.