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Kirk Environmental appointed Farmgen's construction partner

UK-based anaerobic digestion (AD) specialist contractor Kirk Environmental has secured a £30 million (€35.2 million) framework agreement with UK company Farmgen, a specialist in energy farming.

Farmgen's first project, located at Carr Farm in Warton, Lancashire, is close to completion, while the construction phase of its second plant at Dryholme Farm, Solloth, in Cumbria, has started. A number of other on-farm AD plants from Farmgen are either in planning or about to be submitted for planning consent.

In 2010 Farmgen announced plans for a major investment programme to create the biggest AD energy farming expansion programme in the country.

Now Kirk Environmental, which constructed all the tanks at Carr Farm, has been appointed construction partner to provide a full, turn-key build out programme for all of Farmgen's new plants starting with their second plant at Dryholme.

Ed Cattigan, CEO of Farmgen says: 'It marks a substantial investment in Britain's rural economy, as we will be building AD plants on farms across the country, with the initial phase focusing particularly on Lancashire and Cumbria. We look forward to working with them [Kirk Environmental] on the new generation of plants, which is helping to transform the fortunes of hard-pressed farmers throughout the UK,' he continues.
And according to Kirk Environmental's CEO Gary Little, the deal 'represents one of the largest contracts in the company's 100-year history.'