Cory Environmental’s first anaerobic digestion (AD) facility has opened in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
The major renewable energy recycling plant will initially process approximately 12,000 tonnes of material each year, including 7,500 tonnes of food waste from North Somerset Council (NSC), and generate 500kw of electricity per hour.
A planned upgrade of the green energy plant will more than double electricity production.
Alistair Holl, Director at Cory Environmental, which specialises in recycling, waste management and energy recovery, 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.
“This is testament to the expertise and commitment of our team. This plant will produce 500kw of electricity per hour, which powers the plant and is exported to the National Grid. 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.”
Cllr Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council’s executive member responsible for waste and recycling 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.”
Cory Environmental holds a seven-year contract with North Somerset Council to provide various waste management services including the treatment of all of the authority’s kitchen wastes. The contract includes an extension provision to March 2024.
As part of the project, Cory Environmental also assisted NSC to undertake major improvements to the recycling facilities on site. These included the construction of a waste transfer station, and improvements to the Household Waste Recycling Centre and road network.