Columbia Biogas abandons AD project

Renewable energy company Columbia Biogas has scrapped plans to build an anaerobic digestion plant in Oregon, US.

The $55 million (€50 million) plant would have converted the community's food waste into renewable energy.

However, on 29 May, Columbia Biogas' president John McKinney issued this statement on the company's website: 'As of the end of this month, Columbia Biogas will no longer maintain the option to lease the property at 6849 NE Columbia Blvd for the construction and operation of an anaerobic digestion facility. We remain interested in the location and may reconsider the site at a later date.

'Columbia Biogas is exploring opportunities elsewhere in Oregon to develop capacity to convert commercial and industrial food waste into renewable energy. We appreciate the efforts of many individuals as we've worked on the Northeast Portland site. We continue to support the region's goals to reduce waste and achieve long-term greenhouse gas emission reductions.'

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