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New food waste AD plant under construction in Somerset

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A new AD plant built by BioConstruct will convert approximately 95,000 tons of food waste annually into biomethane in Somerset, UK.

The AD facility at Evercreech Junction will generate enough RNG to power around 5,500 homes as part of Adapt Biogas’ (formerly Biocow) ambitions to increase renewable energy production across the UK.

The project had been in development for a ‘significant’ period following redesigns and securing of construction finances. However, after original planning consent was granted in October 2010, construction works commenced in May 2021. The site will produce biomethane, meeting Renewable Heat Incentives deadlines, no later than the end of March 2022.

“We have an experienced team both within BioConstruct as well as within our selected key subcontractors and we feel very comfortable to progress construction works in time,” said Andreas Brocker from BioConstruct.

“In fact, civil works are already well underway thanks to extensive preparational works prior to financial close.”

The parties entered into a lump-sum EPC contract comprising civil works and gas upgrading technology to convert biogas into biomethane. The project will generate around 850 standard cubic metres of biomethane to be injected into the Wales and West Utilities gas network.

BioConstruct will be partnering with Adapt Biogas to collaborate on the operations and management of the AD plant at Evercreech. The site will be the second AD site to join the Adapt Biogas portfolio, marking plans for ‘exciting growth’ across the business.

The first in the Adapt Biogas portfolio based in Murrow was commissioned for gas export in 2020, following previous success at generating renewable sources of electricity export.