Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Work All Set to Start on Farm Biogas Energy Plant

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Work All Set to Start on Farm Biogas Energy Plant

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Byline: Karen Dent

WORK on a pounds 3m anaerobic digestion (AD) energy plant based on a farm in Cumbria is set to start before the end of the year and it is hoped the site could be up and running by next autumn.

The Farmgen facility at Dryholme Farm, near Silloth, will be powered by grass silage and other crops grown by neighbouring farmers to create biogas, which is used to generate electricity. Work at the site has been delayed because the farm was still bound by the terms of an environmental stewardship agreement signed by the previous owner. That ended on September 30, so building can now go ahead.

Farmgen chief operating officer Ed Cattigan said: "The stewardship agreement has now run its course and we are ready to move forward.

"Following the site preparation, we are firmly on course for construction work to start by the end of the year."

The AD plant will generate 1.2MW of electricity - enough to provide continuous power to more than 1,000 homes.

Mr Cattigan said: "Renewables and other sources of green energy will play a critical role in providing the country's power supplies over the next decade. Dryholme Farm will be at the forefront of this revolution in energy farming and locally-sourced power generation.

"As the country moves over to green energy, as part of the move to a low carbon economy, there is a strong opportunity for many farmers in the UK to create a sustainable and stronger future for themselves by switching to energy farming. …

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