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Three new biomethane plants and bioCNG fuelling station “on track”, says Cadent

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Three biomethane production plant projects involving Cadent Gas remain on track despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The firm said the projects are on course to start sending low-carbon “gas from trash” into Cadent’s network this year, as its teams “kept the wheel in motion” during lockdown. Increasing the use of biomethane from food, farm, human and other wastes as feedstocks to produce grid-quality gas, is recognised as a key stage in the UK’s journey to net-zero emissions, according to Cadent.

In a recent update, the firm said it has “maintained support” to Severn Trent Water as it looks to commission two new biomethane production facilities later this year – one at its waste treatment sites in Finham, near Coventry, and the other at Stoke Bardolph in Nottinghamshire. It is also working with developers behind a third new site, which plans to use crops and animal waste as feedstock to power the gas production processes.

In a statement, Cadent said: “Adapting to the challenges presented by coronavirus, we’ve been able to use digital technology to keep in close virtual contact with the teams seeking to make these three sites happen, which has ensured crucial stages in the journey to commissioning have kept to the timetable.”

Cadent has 35 production plants connected to its network, supplying enough gas to meet demand from up to 243,000 homes- enough to meet the household heat demand from a city the size of Manchester.

Plans are also on track to open a new bioCNG fuelling station at Cadent’s national distribution centre in Birmingham and another in Knowsley, Merseyside. Tim Hawke, connections manager at Cadent, said: “Alongside hydrogen, biomethane is a critical part of the pathway to the UK achieving net-zero.

“While we don’t produce these gases, it’s our job to safely distribute them and to be satisfied that any new facility either bringing it into our network or taking it out, is doing so in a way that meets the stringent safety conditions we insist on.

“That requires a lot of collaboration and inspection, on-site and in meetings. We’ve adapted our ways of working during lockdown to find digital and/or socially distanced ways of doing that.

“It’s testament to the hard work of many people that these important facilities, which represent millions of pounds of investment into a greener future for the UK, remain on track.”