The Helmdon AD plant in Northamptonshire injected its first gas to grid on 16th June 2015. The plant is designed to provide up to 450m3/hr gas into the national grid and will produce around 30 000T per annum of agricultural fertiliser. The site uses a feedstock of wastes and break crops, and supplements the composting and transfer facilities which have been operating at the site for several years. Feedstocks are being grown by local farmers who will be spreading the digestate fertilisers onto their farmland with proven agricultural benefits.

The 12 month construction programme engaged SES, as the civil contractor, and Agraferm as technology supplier and was completed on programme. The site is Material Change’s first gas to grid project and will provide enough gas for around 4,000 homes. The construction team of SES and Agraferm have now moved to the next MCL AD Development site located adjacent to Material Change’s newest compost facility at Decoy, Crowland, near Peterborough.

Ed Bastow, Managing Director of Material Change said “The injection of gas to grid at our new Helmdon AD Plant is an exciting step in our AD programme which we are undertaking together with Octopus Investments, our AD funders. This addition of the AD Plant at Helmdon has considerably expanded recycling of waste at the site and is a very important development for Material Change. Our next project at Decoy will be completed before the end of 2015, firmly committing Material Change to the AD sector in the UK”

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