Tamar Energy says work is on or ahead of target for its plans to create a network of around 40 new anaerobic digestion (AD) plants by 2018.
Chairman and chief executive Alan Lovell said the company was in advanced stages of negotiations with local waste contractors for plants in Hampshire and Essex which are among the first four planned.
The sites will have a combined capacity of 8MW and Tamar Energy also has a further 14 sites in various stages of development.
“Our innovative funding model means we are in a unique position in the AD industry to deliver on our promise of a cost-effective, reliable and sustainable energy and waste management solution for local councils and waste contractors alike,” said Lovell.
The first four sites are:
- Farleigh, Hampshire: Digester tanks are being constructed to process 40,000 tonnes of food waste. Commissioning due to start in the autumn and generating 1.5 MW of electricity by early 2014.
- Holbeach Hurn, Lincolnshire: Due to be commissioned in late 2013, this is a joint venture with food producer and processor A.H. Worth & Company for an expected 30,000 tonnes of food waste, producing 1.5 MW of electricity.
- Retford, Nottinghamshire: Expected to produce up to 3 MW of electricity when fully commissioned in spring 2014. Feedstock of maize, agricultural waste and chicken manure from the local area.
- Halstead, Essex: Work on the AD facility due at the end of June which, once operational in 2014, is expected to process 45,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial food waste.
By 2018, Tamar Energy plans 40 plantswith a total generation of 100MW of electricity and gas, enough to power more than 200,000 homes.
- In 2012, Tamar Energy took over most of the organics operation of the Countrystyle Group including development rights to three sites with planning permission for AD facilities and the development rights for a fourth AD site subject to planning consent.