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Application Submitted For 52m AD Plant In Lincolnshire

There could be a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Lincolnshire if the council gives the go ahead for the £52 million site. 

AM Duigid together with BioteCH4 hope their application for the 6MW AD plant, waste reception building, vehicle fuelling station, three digesters, gas bag and access road to be built near another AD plant at Hemswell Cliff will be accepted. 

MRW reported the site would serve a ‘food enterprise zone’, which has been proposed by West Lindsey District Council. This is intended to scale up the agri-food industry in the area, and improve the positive economic impact it could have on the community, including providing jobs and attracting investment. 

Without the construction of the new AD site, the applicants claim the food enterprise zone would incur “infrastructure costs [that] would be tens of millions of pounds”. However, the AD plant would provide readily available electricity, heating and biomethane.

BioteCH4 claims to have handled 557,000 tonnes of waste last year, which produced 280,000 MWh in total. It has sites in six locations, including Yorkshire, Cambridge, and Shropshire. 

The existing Hemswell Biogas plant in Hemswell stretches across five acres, with the capacity to process 140,000 tonnes of food waste and organic materials every year. 

It can produce 17MWh of renewable Biogas, but BioteCH4 wants the recently proposed plant with pressure vacuum relief valves to support its Hemswell Cliff site.

This comes after Lincolnshire County Council approved plans for a new AD site in Glentham between Lincoln and Scunthorpe in September 2022.