UK biogas plant developer, Agrivert, has opened a 48,000 tonne per year anaerobic digestion facility to process organic waste in Wales.
Claimed to be the largest of its kind in Wales the new biogas plant is set to produce around 3MW of electricity as well as a bio-fertiliser that can displace fossil fuel derived fertilisers on over 3000 acres of local farm land.
The plant, located in Bridgend, South Wales, was officially opened by Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales at an event attended by some 50 local dignitaries.
Once an aerodrome in the Second World War, Parc Stormy has since 2007 been transformed from a rundown brownfield site into a cluster of interconnected renewable technologies.
The arrival of Agrivert adds to the mix of green technologies already in place including a wind turbine, a field of solar panels, an eco-house and a plant that converts industrial waste into low-carbon cement.
There are plans to add a second wind turbine, a pioneering 10MW Battery Storage project as well as a Hydrogen Refuelling Station.
“The new plant will offer much needed reliable capacity to local markets and we are pleased that large volumes of waste are already coming in from local sources,” commented Agrivert chief executive Alexander Maddan. “Local plants such as this reduce the cost of waste collection and treatment and should provide an incentive for many businesses to recycle food waste.”
The company worked with Ceredigion, Powys and Pembrokeshire Councils in developing the plant and said that it could not have delivered the project so quickly without a progressive relationship with the pair.
“The presence of this facility within my constituency will bring a number of benefits,” said Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones. “By segregating food from general waste, large tonnages will avoid landfill, where it would generate greenhouse gas emissions.”
“This facility is expected to process around 48,000 tonnes of organic waste per year and will generate electricity that will be exported to the National Grid,” concluded the first minister.
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