Tamar Energy has announced it has cleared the last major step to be able to start construction on its sixth anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, in the London Borough of Bromley, when an improved site design received planning consent on 9 October 2014. The AD specialist, which won the REA’s “Renewable Energy Company 2014” award last month, has planning permission for an AD facility to convert around 45,000 tonnes per annum of food waste into renewable energy.
The Bromley site is expected to be commissioned in late 2015, with power generation commencing in early 2016. The company’s network of AD facilities is already one of the largest in the UK, with Tamar Energy’s fourth plant in Halstead, Essex in the final stages of commissioning and the fifth plant in Hoddesdon, Herts, due to start taking feedstock in Spring 2015.
Willie Heller, Tamar Energy’s Chief Executive said “The Bromley AD facility is ideally located to make the best use of the organic waste in the local area. Rather than being sent to landfill or transported long distances, this waste will be used in the most sustainable way – as the feedstock to generate renewable energy”.
He added “We are very pleased that our request to modify the original design for the plant has been granted. The improved design provides greater operational efficiency and an enhanced digestate solution for the site, whilst having no visual or environmental impacts beyond the original scheme. The facility will address the ongoing need for local waste treatment while producing enough renewable energy for more than 4,000 UK homes - it’s a win-win situation”.
Currently, Tamar Energy has operating AD facilities in Holbeach, Lincs; Halstead, Essex; Basingstoke, Hants and Retford, Notts.