Biogas energy firm ENER-G Natural Power is to build three energy from waste facilities at landfill sites in the North East in a deal with Seneca Global Energy.
Manchester-based ENER-G will build and maintain the facilties at Seneca’s sites in Blaydon, near Newcastle, Longhill in Hartlepool, and Giberdyke in Hull.
They will convert methane rich landfill gas to generate up to 3.8 MW of renewable electricity in total to export to the national grid.
The facilities could be operational by March and according to ENER-G will generate electricity for up to 3,800 homes, and cut annual equivalent carbon dioxide from the sites by a total of 117,264 tonnes.
The methane gas will be drawn from the waste through a series of wells and then captured and converted into renewable electricity using equipment made at ENR-G’s headquarters in Salford.
ENER-G managing director Hugh Richmond (left), said: “The projects will be funded by ENER-G, including operation and maintenance.
“Over the past decade we have designed, built and safely operated more than 100 landfill gas facilities, providing in excess of 160MW of generation capacity.”
Neil Elliott of Seneca Global Energy said: “This is the best available technology for controlling methane gas emissions and turning a greenhouse gas into renewable energy that can supply affordable clean energy while meeting the UK’s climate change targets.”