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Cory Environmental opens first AD plant in Somerset

Weston-super-Mare anaerobic digestion (AD) facility is a ‘major milestone’, according to Cory’s director.

The renewable energy recycling plant will initially process around 12,000 tonnes of material each year, including 7,500 tonnes of food waste from North Somerset Council.

It will be able to generate 500kw of electricity per hour but a planned upgrade of the plant will more than double electricity production.

Alistair Holl, director at Cory Environmental said: “This development represents a major milestone for Cory Environmental as the Weston-super-Mare plant is our first anaerobic facility.

“We took a central role in delivering this facility, acting as main contractor for the project and construction and also taking ownership of the entire plant and site design.

“Through careful project management we were able to go from planning consent to energy production in just 18 months, and commencement of construction works to process commissioning in under seven months.”

Cory Environmental has a seven-year waste management services contract with the council, with the option to extend this to 2024.

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