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Devon council grants permission for AD plant

Planning permission has been granted for an £15m advanced anaerobic digestion facility at a former china clay works on Lee Moor, Devon.

Devon County Council approved the plans [pdf] by AeroThermal Group Ltd operating under the trading name AAD (South West) Ltd, to convert the former clay works buildings into a waste and resource treatment facility.

The advanced AD processing will incorporate industrial autoclave technology to separate out materials for recycling, with the remaining organic waste sent to generate 26 gigawatts of electricity a year, and produce a compost-like soil conditioner.

AAD’s managing director, Tristan Lloyd-Baker, said the company was delighted to receive planning permission.

“Our intention is to begin construction in early 2012 with a view to being fully operational from April 2013,” he said.

The firm said its £15m investment will create 22 long-term skilled jobs for diverting up to 75,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year.

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