Start of work on Wales’s first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion plant: waste into energy

Wednesday 7 July 2010

InSource Energy has marked the start of work on Wales’s first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion plant at Premier Foods Plc’s RF Brookes ready meals factory in Rogerstone, Newport with a ceremony held today (Wednesday July 7th) attended by Jane Davidson AM, Minister for Environment in Wales.

InSource Energy’s £5m facility will convert RF Brookes’ food waste into energy to help power the factory, which is the leading supplier of ready meals to Marks & Spencer, providing significant savings in waste disposal and energy bills and reducing carbon emissions by around 8,500 tonnes per year.

Construction will be completed by the end of 2010 with the plant fully operational in early 2011. This is believed to be the first example in Wales of a factory being partially powered by its own waste in this way.

John Scott, managing director of InSource Energy, said: “InSource Energy has worked closely with Premier Foods over the last two years to bring this exciting project to fruition. We look forward to delivering many similar projects with other UK food and drink manufacturers wishing to achieve the cost and environmental benefits of implementing this sustainable solution to the treatment of their biodegradable waste”.

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