Viridor branches into AD with first plant in Somerset

Viridor is set to enter the anaerobic digestion (AD) market with its first facility in the south west, co-located at one of its landfill sites near Bridgwater in Somerset.

The proposed £10m plant, which is one of several Viridor is looking to build, will initially be configured to produce 1MW of electricity for export to the National Grid, in addition to the power needed to operate the facility.

The company is also looking at the possibility of producing clean gas for injection into the gas grid going forward. Initial plant capacity will be 30,000 tonnes – up to 21,000 tonnes will be available for the Somerset Waste Partnership’s food waste collections, with the remainder catering for regional commercial customers.

Viridor’s regional director Richard Jenkins said: “Viridor is pleased to be working in partnership with the Somerset Waste Partnership to deliver this exciting facility. The plant will help to transform food and organic wastes from households, restaurants and food businesses across the county into renewable energy.”

The company is currently in the detailed design phase of the project with groundworks due to start imminently and construction expected to begin in early 2012.

Maxine Perella

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