Construction has begun on a biomethane-to-grid anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Suffolk.
AD plant construction company F.L.I. Energy is building the project with a capacity of 12MW thermal energy at Ellough in Beccles.
The plant will produce around 2,000m cubed of raw biogas per hour. This will be followed by a process to remove CO2 and trace contaminant gases. The upgraded gas will then be supplied to the natural gas grid to generate enough power for 7,000 local homes.
The AD facility will also supply organic fertiliser to local farmers.
The potential carbon saving of the project will amount to as much as 21,000 tonnes per year.
AD plant developer BioCore Environmental contracted F.L.I. Energy, through funding partner Eastern Counties Finance, to deliver the project. The contract involves five years’ maintenance and process analysis support.
F.L.I. Energy’s managing director Declan McGrath said: “Injecting biomethane produced through anaerobic digestion into the gas grid has an array of benefits. It is one of the most efficient uses of biogas and reduces our reliance on imported fossil gas, thus contributing to meeting the UK’s renewable energy and climate change targets whilst improving our energy security.
“Biomethane from AD could potentially deliver 10% of the UK’s domestic gas demand.”