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Welsh minister opens milestone AD plant

A new energy-from-food-waste plant to service three boroughs has been officially opened by Wales’ natural resources minister Carl Sargeant.

The plant, at Amgen Cymru’s Bryn Pica site in Aberdare, was built by Biogen and is capable of processing 22,500 tonnes of food waste a year to generate around 1 MW of electricity, as well as providing fertiliser for farmland.

The facility, which was commissioned in June, serves Newport City Council, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. Two of the authorities were previously exporting food waste to England for processing.

At the plant’s official opening on 1 October, Carl Sargeant said the facility demonstrated Wales’ commitment to food waste recycling.

“The Welsh government has provided over £2m in funding to help deliver this project, which has already created jobs in the local community and will now also begin to generate renewable energy,” he said.

“We have provided leadership to local government and the market with our ambitions, and I am pleased to see that the plant is now open for business.”

A landfill gas plant already generates 1.8MW of green electricity at Bryn Pica.

The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association said earlier this year that the Bryn Pica plant was the UK’s 400th anaerobic facility to go into operation.

Biogen's Bryn Pica anaerobic digestion facility under construction

Aerial view of Biogen’s Bryn Pica anaerobic digestion facility under construction

 

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