Britcon wins major contract for AD plant

ReFood, is expanding its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant located in South Yorkshire, UK.

The new extension will see the size of the plant in Doncaster doubled, making it the largest food waste AD plant in the UK to date.

Last December ReFood secured planning consent to accept 160,000 tonnes of food waste at Doncaster that would otherwise go to landfill. The plant will generate electricity through combined heat and power (CHP) and will have a total capacity of up to 5MWh, which will be fed into the national grid. A fertiliser will also be produced by the AD process and will be used by farmers in the local area to grow new crops.

Britcon will carry out the building and civil engineering work for this project after securing a £1.85 million (€2.32 million) contract. The company secured the principal contractor role following successful completion of the initial £6 million build programme for the ReFood AD plant in 2011. It was also involved in delivering ReFood's second £20 million AD plant in Widnes in 2013 which is due to completion in the coming weeks.

Britcon is undertaking earthworks, piling operations, ground works and construction of specialised structures including high rise reinforced concrete digester tanks as well as a number of process structures to support and enhance the existing operational plant. It will also deliver external and finishing works and coordination of process plant installations all to ReFood's high and exacting standards.

Work has started on site and the contract is expected to be completed for handover in six months.

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