New biogas AD plant breaks ground in Cornwall

Construction work has today (12 May) begun on the Fraddon Biogas Plant - a new biomethane-to-grid anaerobic digestion (AD) site in Cornwall.

(L-R): Winston Reed from Greener for Life Energy with Chris Long from FLI Energy

(L-R): Winston Reed from Greener for Life Energy with Chris Long from FLI Energy

The Plant, which is scheduled to open towards the end of the year, will convert organic materials from local agricultural and food waste into gas and electricity. It will be one of the few AD plants feeding biogas into the UK national grid, producing 1000 cubic metres per hour and exporting it to the gas grid as renewable bio-methane.

Winston Reed, managing director of project developer Greener for Life Energy, said: "The Fraddon project exemplifies Greener for Life's genuine desire to make a difference to the quality of life for farmers by offering them the opportunity to diversify their businesses and generate significantly higher returns."

Chris Long, sales director for AD plant EPC contractors FLI Energy, added: "We are very pleased to be working with Greener for Life Energy to deliver this important project. The Fraddon plant represents yet another positive step taken towards the necessary decarbonisation of the UK gas grid.

"It also continues to underpin FLI Energy's leadership in the field of biomethane-to-grid anaerobic digestion project design, construction and operation."

Cornwall's committment

Supported by local authorities, the Fraddon Biogas Plant is will enhance the usability of biogas by upgrading it to natural gas quality.

It will also divert waste from landfill and is fully aligned with Cornwall's regional objective to support sustainable development and limit the environmental footprint.

Last year, edie reported on another of FLI Energy's projects - a new AD facility in Suffolk that will save up to 21,000 tonnes of carbon and produce enough energy to power 7,000 local homes.

Luke Nicholls
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