120,000 TPA Plant to Generate Biogas & Recyclable Material : World First DONG Energy Enzymatic Untreated Waste to Energy Plant for UK

DONG Energy Renescience biogas enzyme
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Dong Energy UK is to build the world’s first commercial full-scale plant to produce biogas from untreated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) using its REnescience enzyme technology in Northwich, UK.

The company, a subsidiary of Danish energy firm DONG Energy, explained that will finance, build and operate the 120,000 tonne per year plant, which is expected to be operational in 2017.

It was claimed that the plant will be the first bio plant in the world to handle unsorted household waste, without prior treatment, using enzymes. The new technology, called REnescience, has been developed by DONG Energy and tested at a demonstration plant in Copenhagen since 2009.

The waste will be supplied by the UK waste management company FCC Environment, which already collects household waste in the Northwich region.

The design and planning of the waste to energy plant in Northwich, Cheshire has been completed, and the site has been awarded planning permission.

According to DONG the REnescience plant will be able to receive unsorted household waste, which – through enzyme treatment – will be converted into biogas as well as recyclable plastics and metals. The biogas is converted to green power via gas engines.

DONG Energy said that it expects construction work to begin this month, with the plant being commissioned in early 2017.

“This new plant also highlights our commitment to investing in the Northern Powerhouse,” commented Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy’s UK Country Chairman. “This new bio plant will see us handling waste in a much smarter way.”

Around 150 people are expected to be involved during the peak phase of construction, with an average of 75 at any given time. The plant will also require around 24 full-time local employees to operate it.

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