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Livestock company plans biogas plant

Livestock production company Murphy-Brown has partnered with clean energy firm Roeslein Alternative Energy to develop a $100 million (€73.5 million) biogas plant in Missouri, US.

The plant, construction on which is due to commence later this year, will generate renewable energy for local consumption, using animal waste as feedstock. The gas will be collected at Murphy-Brown's farms using anaerobic digestion technology supplied by Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies and installed Roeslein.

Financing for the project could come from the Missouri Clean Energy District's Property Assessed Clean Energy programme, and this is currently being reviewed. Murphy-Brown and its parent company Smithfield Food will not provide any funding.