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Dagenham organics recycling plant nears completion

The first project to receive funding from the Green Investment Bank (GIB) is nearly complete.

Organic waste specialist TEG’s £21m plant in Dagenham was partly funded by The UK Waste Resources and Energy Investments (UKWREI) fund, a precursor to the GIB administered by Foresight Group. The £2m investment into central London’s first anaerobic digestion (AD) plant was announced In September 2012.

The TEG facility, located at London Sustainable Industries Park in East London, comprises anaerobic digestion (AD) and in-vessel composting (IVC) plants. The IVC plant started commissioning in June and has been operational since August, and the AD plant will begin commissioning this month, according to the firm.

TEG has completed all external service roads and installed a vehicle weighbridge to the 4.7 acre site.

AD tanks

The site will handle nearly 50,000 tonnes of organic waste per year. The AD plant will generate approximately 1.4MW of electricity, the equivalent of powering around 2,000 homes. Excess electrical energy will be sold to the National Grid and a nearby user has been found as a recipient of excess heat from the facility.

The plant will also generate heat for internal use and export. It will produce over 36,000 tonnes of AD digestate and 14,000 tonnes of compost each year for agricultural use.

TEG chief executive Mick Fishwick said: “Our first co-located AD and IVC plant in Perthshire has been operational for more than 12 months.  This second plant is testimony to our confidence in the benefits of co-located organic waste technologies. 

“Combined AD and IVC sites offer front-end reliability of acceptance and flexibility on feedstock, enabling us to process a wide variety of waste streams including food waste only, green waste only or co-mingled organic waste.”

Dagenham plant in construction

  • This year TEG has also invested £1m in its IVC plant in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, increasing its capacity from 34,000 to 50,000 tonnes.

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