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AD plant nears operation

UK-based waste management company Viridor Laing is to open an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Manchester.

In September this year Viridor will start sending waste to the site in Manchester where its two wet AD tanks will convert the organic waste into methane.

The plant will process roughly 100,000 tonnes of waste annually and the methane produced will be used to help power another facility that provides heat and electricity for the National Grid.

‘We are pleased with the progress to date but the interesting part will be when it begins processing waste,’ Peter Scholfield, Viridor’s construction manager, said. ‘We are doing everything we can before we put waste in, such as putting water into the AD tanks. Everything needs to be working by then.’