Biogen, the UK’s leading food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) specialists, has said that the plant, which will open at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Bryn Pica site in Aberdare, will have the capacity to process up to 22,500 tonnes of food waste each year.
The plant will be operational in late2014. The anaerobic digestion plant will use naturally occurring microorganisms already present to break down the food waste, which would otherwise be sent to landfill, to generate green power.
The company has a 15 year contract with partner councils Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport City to design, build and operate the AD plant, which will have the ability to produce 1,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually.
In addition to the renewable energy produced, the plant will produce 18,000 tonnes of nutrient-rich fertiliser to be used in the region by local farmers.
The Leeds based Addleshaw Goddard team advising Biogen was led by legal director Paul Dight, and included Chris Gill, Alison Paton, Pete Mason and Ben Peecock.
Commenting on the deal, Mr Dight said:
“This marks a success for our team as it is the third project we have advised Biogen on as part of the Welsh Food Waste Treatment Programme.
“The programme is being implemented by the Welsh Government with an aim to commit to sustainable development, tackle climate change and achieve sustainable energy production and consumption.
“Anaerobic digestion and other biogas projects are enjoying increased popularity and success at present and are predicted to continue to do so, with strong support from UK Government, both politically and financially through the Feed in Tariff (FiT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) regimes.
“We are one of the leading advisors in the anaerobic digestion and biogas sectors. We also act for one of the other leading operators, Agrivert, in addition to others who are active in the area, such as Associated British Foods/British Sugar, Centrica and Sainsbury’s.”