Agrivert West London Exports First Electricity

03-03-14(2)picAgrivert’s new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Chertsey in Surrey has achieved a major milestone by successfully exporting energy to the National Grid for the first time.

Work on the Trumps Farm plant, in which Grundon Waste Management has a 15 percent stake, only began in May 2013 and by mid-January it was ready for its first food waste, underlining the speed of the construction programme.

The plant is already operating in excess of 80 percent of full power.

The £11m plant will process about 40,000-50,000 tonnes of food waste a year, producing 2.4MW of electricity (enough power for over 4,000 homes), and it is expected to be operating at full power by the end of February.

Aimed at serving the needs of the immediate area, Agrivert has already agreed contracts with two large waste companies serving local authorities, and it has also seen strong interest from the commercial sector.

At the same time Grundon, which provided £5m for the project in the shape of a shareholder loan, has secured a significant amount of contracted capacity, enabling it to expand its food waste collection service to a wider customer base.

Harry Waters, Agrivert – “This plant will provide much needed food waste treatment capacity in the local area, as well as producing valuable renewable energy and fertiliser”

Harry Waters, Agrivert’s Commercial Director, commented: “This plant will provide much needed food waste treatment capacity in the local area, as well as producing valuable renewable energy and fertiliser. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Grundon on this project, which has been very supportive throughout.”

Richard Skehens, Grundon’s chief executive said: “We see this as an important strategic investment. Our customers are always looking for more comprehensive and environmentally friendly recycling solutions and Trumps Farm enables us to meet those needs, combining increased service levels with excellent value for money.”

Remarking on the swift construction, Alexander Maddan, Agrivert’s founder and chief executive, who oversaw the building project, added: “This is the third plant we have delivered with a construction programme of less than nine months. It is important that once you decide to deploy funds your investment start to earn its living as quickly as possible.”

Agrivert already operates two AD plants and a further six organic waste and water recycling plants servicing 31 local authorities.

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