Emerald Biogas gets WRAP boost

Written by: Recycling Waste World | Published:

Plans for the North East’s first commercial food waste anaerobic digestion facility took a step forward this week with the news that Emerald Biogas has secured an £850k loan from WRAP.

Plans for the North East’s first commercial food waste anaerobic digestion facility took a step forward this week with the news that Emerald Biogas has secured an £850k loan from WRAP.

The region currently creates around 800,000 tonnes of food waste, but the area is said to lack organics processing facilities and the additional financial support from the WRAP anaerobic digestion loan fund (ADLF) is expected to help boost Emerald’s development plans.

In addition to the WRAP loan, Emerald Biogas has also secured finance of £3.3m from HSBC, and a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) grant of £1.86m.

The first phase of the project, which begins later this month, will deliver 53,000 tonnes of food waste processing capacity. The plant will be built on an industrial site, with potential customers ‘on hand’ to receive the heat output which the facility will generate. A second phase of development is expected to see the plant able to process 70,000 tonnes of food waste, with the output rising to 2.5 megawatts.

As well as producing heat and electricity, the new plant will also produce almost 47,000 tonnes of digestate, which will be used as a biofertiliser for agricultural land.

Emerald Biogas is reported to be the second company to benefit from the WRAP ADLF.

In January this year, Malaby Biogas received an £800,000 loan towards its AD project in Wiltshire.


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