Construction of Warwickshire green energy plant on target
Construction is progressing well at Biogen’s latest green energy plant in Atherstone, Warwickshire.
The anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at the Merevale & Blyth Estate is the company’s fifth plant currently under construction and will process up to 45,000 tonnes of food waste each year from households, food manufacturers and food retailers in the region to produce renewable energy.
A new site access road and works to level the ground at the former colliery are nearing completion with the main building works to commence in the next few weeks. The plant is on schedule to be fully operational and generating electricity by mid-2015.
Julian O’Neill, CEO Biogen said, “The Merevale AD plant will play an important role as part of our expanding network of facilities in the UK. The plant is also great news for our current customers in the Midlands as it will provide a cost effective and sustainable food waste solution on their doorstep.”
BIOGEN will build, own, and operate the AD plant at the disused quarry site. The electricity produced by the Merevale plant will be enough to meet the annual demand of 4,000 average homes – more than the combined households of nearby Baxterley and Atherstone. In addition to generating electricity, the plant will produce a nutrient-rich biofertiliser for use on the surrounding Estate and other local farmland.