New energy plant could power whole city


Matt Jones

WORK will begin in the New Year on an energy plant that could power all the homes in St Asaph.

Green energy company Biogen will design, build and operate an anaerobic digestion plant at a former abattoir site in Waen, near Rhuallt which will generate 1MW of renewable energy for the national grid.

It will also provide a biofertiliser for use on local farmland.

The facility will process 22,500 tonnes of food waste every year collected from Denbighshire, Flintshire and Conwy county councils from households and businesses – all of which could otherwise be sent to landfill.

“This is great news and we are looking forward to creating a facility that the local community in and around Waen can be proud of,” said Biogen chief executive Richard Barker.

“We now look forward to forging a great relationship with local residents, farmers, businesses and continuing to build on our already strong relationship with Denbighshire, Flintshire and Conwy councils.”

The Waen plant will prevent harmful greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere, and help the local authorities meet recycling targets and it will be fully licensed and regulated by the Environment Agency.

Work on the new plant is expected to be completed during the first half of 2014 and Biogen’s contract with the North Wales Consortium is for 15 years.

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