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Farm-scale AD developers look to larger plants

The construction of a large anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in North Yorkshire marks a step-up in the activities of developers from farm-scale facilities.

The plant at Leeming Bar is being developed by Leeming Biogas, a joint venture between JFS & Associates and Iona Capital. Gas generated will be injected into Northern Gas Networks’ pipeline.

Lemming Biogas expects to generate up to eight million cu m of biomethane annually and will handle up to 80,000 tonnes of material. The resultant fertiliser will be supplied to land owners in the local area.

Matthew Flint, director of JFS & Associates, said: “This project has been two years in the making, and the multi-million investment from Iona Capital is vital to enable this plant to benefit the local economy in Leeming Bar as well providing cost and environmental benefits for all the businesses involved.”

The plant is set to open in September 2015.

JFS & Associates currently owns and operates six AD farm-scale plants in the north-east and Cumbria, with six more at the planning stage. It was set up in 2011 by Peter Johnson, left above, and Matthew Flint.

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