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Host, Raw Energy building major AD plant at UK country estate

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Host is building an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Charlton Park Estate in Wiltshire, UK, developed by Raw Energy.

Once complete, the facility will produce five million Nm3 of biomethane from 50,000 tonnes of agricultural and food waste, enough to supply gas to 2,500 homes.

“To say that we are proud of this large order would be an understatement,” said Sjaak Klein Gunnewiek, sales manager of biogas projects at Host.

“It confirms the huge scope for biomethane projects the UK market offers, which is why the UK stays an important market for Host to develop more projects providing renewable energy, other valuable end-products and contributing to the UK’s national energy and climate targets.”

Biomethane will be produced at the estate via AD and membrane biogas upgrading technology. This renewable alternative to fossil natural gas will be distributed through the UK’s existing gas grid. The digestate will be pasteurised before being used as clean biological fertiliser on the surrounding land of the estate.

Stuart Homewood, director of Raw Energy, commented: “Having worked on this project at the Charlton Park Estate for five years, we are delighted to see the construction of this facility in full swing. We are really enjoying working with the fantastic teams of Host and S9, who are the main civil contractor here.”