Four new AD plants operational in 2013/14 with total 8 MWe capacity, at Basingstoke, Holbeach, Retford and Halstead
The fifth AD plant, in Herts, on target to take feedstock in early 2015
A sixth plant, in Bromley, about to go into construction
Planning approval for two more plants, in Somerset and South Tyneside
Tamar Energy named Renewable Energy Company 2014 by REA
Find Tamar Energy in Hall/Stand 4F45 at RWM 2014

One of the UK’s largest AD (anaerobic digestion) plant operators is celebrating a “phenomenal 2014 to date” at this year’s RWM event, in Hall/Stand 4F45.

Since its inaugural appearance at RWM 12 months ago, Tamar Energy has completed construction on four AD plants. Between them, these facilities are capable of diverting nearly 200,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of organic waste from landfill and elsewhere. This has continued the rapid pace of development of its AD network, confirming Tamar Energy’s position as one of the top UK AD operators.

Notable progress includes:

Halstead, Essex (2 MWe, 45,000 tpa)

Electricity generation has started at the facility, which will take 45,000 tonnes per year of local residential, commercial and industrial food waste.

Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire (3 MWe, 60,000 tpa)

Construction is continuing at Tamar Energy’s fifth facility in Hertfordshire, which is expected to start commissioning in spring 2015.

Wardley, South Tyneside (3 MWe, 70,000 tpa)

Consent was granted for the 3MW facility in September 2014. The site development process is continuing with construction set to commence in approximately 12 months.

Bromley (2 MWe, 45,000 tpa)

Work is ongoing to put the London borough site into construction by the end of 2014, and is expected to take around 12 months.

Evercreech, Somerset (3 MW, 55,000 tpa)

Approval was received in January 2014, and final pre-construction plans are currently underway.

Together, the plants are part of Tamar Energy’s plan for a UK network of AD plants capable of generating 100 MW of baseload renewable energy, enough to power 200,000 homes.

Willie Heller, Chief Executive of Tamar Energy, said: “We’re very pleased to be back 12 months after our first year at RWM with so much positive progress to report. Our AD programme continues at pace, to accomplish our vision of a UK-wide network.

“The UK’s need for affordable, reliable energy supplies is greater than ever before, and AD has an important role to play, so it’s also rewarding to be able to celebrate the healthy state of the UK’s burgeoning AD industry.”

In recognition of its work in the last 12 months, Tamar Energy has been named ‘Company of the Year’ by the Renewable Energy Association in June 2014. It has also been awarded the Best On-farm AD project for its joint venture 3 MWe Retford AD facility by industry body ADBA at its annual show in July.


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