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Planning permission approved for new March AD plant

Local Generation has received planning permission to build an anaerobic digestion plant in March, Cambridgeshire.

The plant will be situated adjacent to Local Generations sister company - leading vegetable food packager and producer Fenmarc Produce in Westry.

Fuelled on potato waste produced at the Fenmarc site and other locally sourced food waste currently going to landfill, the plant will generate 2.5 MW of electricity. The power and heat produced will be sold to local homes and businesses including Fenmarc. Additionally, the plant will produce 12,000 tonnes of high quality soil conditioner.

Local Generation, which has been established to build a chain of heat and power plants fuelled by foodstuffs, and Fenmarc are subsidiaries of Lifecrown a holding company for subsidiaries involved in processing and supply of ready cooked meals and other agricultural services.

Lifecrown chairman Mark Harrod said: The success of our group companies in Fenland for 40 years has been founded on the strategic location and skills and work ethic of the local workforce. In making this further substantial investment I am confident that these factors will, once again, get us off to a flying start. This project addresses two of todays most pressing problems; climate change and food waste management. By treating energy as a precious resource we can maximise value for all concerned.

It is hoped Local Generation will begin construction in 2010

Technical solutions firm Monsal has been contracted by Local Generation to plan and pre-design the plant. Managing director Aidan Cumiskey said: Based on our latest technology the plant can treat a large variety of biowaste streams including kitchen and household food waste and convert them to renewable energy. This is our first major success with the food waste sector and we expect continued uptake as a greening of the UK food industry takes place in the coming years.

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