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West Sussex AD company goes into administration

A company operating an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Plaistow, West Sussex has gone into administration, according to the West Sussex County Times.

Crouchlands Biogas, based in Dunsfold, Surrey, will continue to trade the business and retain its 11 staff as it seeks new investment and ownership, administrators FRP Advisory told the West Sussex County Times.

Since 2010, the AD plant in Plaistow, close to Billingshurst has produced 106Gwh of power, powering more than 10,000 homes in the UK. According to their website, that is enough to power more than 760 Boeing 747 flights.

The facilities feedstock is all sourced from entirely from Crouchland Farms’ land the surrounding area. Each year, the facility produces enough biogas through AD to power 3,850 homes.

FRP’s statement claims Crouchland Biogas had suffered from changes in the funding system for renewable energy combined with falling prices in the wholesale electricity market. These challenges made its cash-flow “unsustainable”.

Administrators from FRP were appointed to the company on 7 August 2017.

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