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Pioneering AD plant opens in Dorset

Eco Sustainable Solutions’ £3.3m anaerobic digester in West Dorset has been officially opened.

The plant will supply electricity and gas to Mole Valley Farmers’ neighbouring Dorchester Feed Mill, becoming the first feed mill in the UK to be powered completely by renewable energy.

Hilary Cox, chairman of Dorset Waste Partnership Joint Committee, cut a ribbon to mark formally the start of operations at Piddlehinton and hailed the facility an “exciting new resource” for the county.

Eco’s MD Trelawney Dampney, acknowledged the efforts of the waste partnership in helping his company to realise its ambition.

“This is a highly efficient plant and I believe will act as a blueprint for future resource projects,” he said.

The AD plant will annually take in up to 15,000 tonnes of organic waste, such as food waste, as well as up to 6,000 tonnes of pig slurry to create methane gas.

The gas is used to generate up to 498 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. The end products of the process will be used as agricultural fertiliser on local farms.

  • Photo: Councillor Cox officially opens the biogas plant watched by Dampney (left) and guests including Steve Burdis, director of the Dorset Waste Partnership (second left)

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