BIOGEN has signed a deal with the city of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils to design & build a new food waste recycling plant.
The anaerobic digestion (AD) plant near Millerhill in Midlothian, will process 30,000 tonnes of waste per year made up of household food waste collected by the local authorities and food waste from commercial sources in the region.
This will generate around 1.4 MW of renewable energy for the grid (sufficient to power between 1,500 and 2,000 households) and also produce a valuable biofertiliser for farmland.
The investment in BIOGEN , alongside Bedfordia, is part of Kier’s continual growth as it expands and invests in new markets. It builds on the company’s commitment to green energy and enhances its environmental business by providing intelligent solutions for the treatment of food waste, complementing the Pure recycling business that Kier acquired in 2010.
Work on site is planned to begin in February 2014 with the AD plant expected to produce electricity by autumn 2015 and finally being handed over to ARE by 31 December 2015. BIOGEN has contracted Barhale Plc to manage the civil engineering element of the build.
Kier managing director of environmental business Nicola Peake said: “We are delighted to have made the investment in BIOGEN , which marks Kier’s ongoing commitment to green energy. As a business we pride ourselves on developing intelligent solutions for our clients and see significant potential in an attractive market for the development of the business in the coming years.”