The 12,000 tonne-a-year capacity AD plant in Weston-super-Mare will process 7,500 tonnes of food waste from North Somerset, with the capability to generate up to 500kw of energy per hour.

Cory Environmental director Alistair Holl said: “This development represents a major milestone for Cory Environmental as the Weston-super-Mare plant is our first anaerobic facility.

“We took a central role in delivering this facility, acting as main contractor for the project and construction and also taking ownership of the entire plant and site design. Through careful project management we were able to go from planning consent to energy production in just 18 months, and commencement of construction works to process commissioning in under seven months.

“The second phase of development will see an upgrade of the plant to a minimum of 1MW of electricity production, doubling our green energy generation at the site.”

North Somerset Council executive member responsible for waste and recycling Councillor Peter Bryant said: “We are delighted that the AD plant is now complete and that food waste in North Somerset can be dealt with locally with the added benefit of producing energy to power nearly 1,000 homes.”

Liz Gyekye

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