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First loan awarded from government AD fund

A Wiltshire firm has become the first recipient of a loan from the government’s £10m anaerobic digestion fund.

Malaby Biogas has secured an £800,000 one-off loan from the WRAP-administered Defra AD fund. Malaby is in the process of constructing a £5m plant on Bore Hill Farm, south of Warminster. The company hopes commissioning will begin in March.

Malaby director Thomas Minter said: “Feedstock for the plant will be non-packaged food waste supplied by a new commercial collection operator with additional material potentially coming from other commercial and industrial food waste providers within the local area. Initially the plant will process around 17,000 tonnes of waste a year and we’d hope to be able to handle up to 20,000 tonnes at full capacity.”

The plant is expected to generate 4.3 million KWh a year, the equivalent required to power 1,000 homes. Around 7% of this is likely to be used to power the AD plant itself, and any excess that is generated will be sold on to National Grid.

WRAP director Steve Creed said: “Malaby is the first of what we hope will be a number of companies to benefit from the anaerobic digestion loan fund and it is excellent to see such good progress being made at the Wiltshire plant.”

“We’re currently considering a number of other applications, and the new round of loan awards for 2012 has just begun, so we’d encourage anyone who is interested in the fund to get in touch with us.”

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