BiogenGreenfinch to build second green energy plant in Wales
Green energy company BiogenGreenfinch has been named as preferred bidder for a contract to build its second food waste recycling plant in North Wales.
The preferred bidder appointment made by the North Wales Consortium of Denbighshire County Council, Conwy County Borough Council and Flintshire County Council is for the design, construction and operation of a 22,500 tonnes per year food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Denbighshire.
This win comes hot on the heels of the company’s recent appointment earlier this year to build a plant for Gwynedd Council.
Anaerobic digestion is the process of recycling food waste and agricultural waste into renewable fuel to generate electricity, heat and a nutrient rich biofertiliser for farmland.
The appointment by the North Wales Consortium is for the design, construction, funding and operation of an anaerobic digestion plant at Waen, St Asaph, Denbighshire. The plant will process food waste from local homes and businesses; creating renewable electricity for the grid, sufficient to power around 1,500 houses continually for a year.
Subject to planning approval, construction of the multi-million pound new anaerobic digestion facility at the former abattoir site at Waen, St Asaph will commence by the end of the year. The facility will recycle the food waste that the three councils collect from their residents in their respective areas.
Denbighshire County Council Head of Environmental Services, Steve Parker said “We are delighted to make this announcement. Our new AD facility will be good for the environment, because it will generate electricity from the food waste that people have thrown away. BiogenGreenfinch has a proven track record in delivering AD facilities”.
Chief Executive of BiogenGreenfinch, Richard Barker said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this long term contract by the North Wales Consortium to build and operate the Waen, St Asaph AD plant. We look forward to working with the consortium to expand our AD infrastructure further in Wales and to working with our funding partners Iona to deliver this ground breaking project.”
Michael Dunn, Partner, Iona Capital said, “Iona Capital is proud to have funded this project and to be part of the partnership with BiogenGreenfinch and the Authority”