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Local authorities commission 1.5MW AD plant

Two Welsh local authorities have agreed a deal with an energy-from-waste (EfW) company to build a 1.5MW anaerobic digestion (AD) plant.

Kelda Organic Energy has signed a £20m contract with City of Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan councils, and will develop the AD plant in Tremorfa.

The 35,000 tonnes a year capacity energy from food waste plant is expected to be fully operational in 2016.

The company will also take over a 38,000 tonnes a year open windrow composting facility for garden waste near Lamby Way in Rumney, which City of Cardiff already owns.

Kelda business commercial director Tom Hall said: “When constructed, the two facilities will treat the councils’ food and green waste, generating renewable energy and a sustainable fertiliser recycled to local agriculture.”

City of Cardiff’s household food scraps are currently sent 50 miles away to be processed by an in-vessel composting plant in Sharpness, Gloucestershire.

The council said the Cardiff Organic Waste Treatment Project contract awarded to Kelda will help it meet the Welsh Government’s statutory recycling targets of 64% by 2020 and 70% by 2025.

Local Splott and Tremorfa Labour councillors had previously expressed concerns about the increased traffic caused by the scheme, but did not submit formal objections.

Kelda was chosen as preferred bidder for the site over Agrivert, GENeco and Shanks.

A City of Cardiff Council spokesperson said: “This contract reinforces our commitment to meet the statutory Welsh Government targets as we work towards their zero waste goal for 2050.”

As recently reported in MRW, a NNFCC report found that 50 AD plants had been commissioned in the UK this past year with 204 initiated.

Overall there are believed to be 500 plants at some stage of development in this country, indicating that the AD business is booming.

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