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Second Welsh AD plant in the works

A contract has been agreed for Wales’ second anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, to be built at Waen in Denbighshire.

The contract - which was agreed between a north Wales waste partnership and Biogen, with investment from Iona Capital - is for a minimum of 15 years.

The plant will process 22,500 tonnes of food waste per year to generate over 1MW of energy, as well as digestate for use as fertiliser for local farms. The energy generated will be enough to power 1,500 homes.

The feedstock will be food waste from local municipal and commercial collections.

Subject to planning permission, work will begin on the multi-million pound project in spring 2013 and the plant will become operational in the first half of 2014.

Councillor David Smith, Denbighshire County Council’s lead member for environment said: “This new AD facility will be good for the environment, because it will generate electricity from the food waste that people have thrown away. Biogen have a proven track record in delivering AD facilities.”

Richard Barker, Biogen’s CEO said, “Biogen is looking forward to starting construction on our second Welsh AD plant alongside our partners, the North Wales Consortium and Iona Capital.”


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