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Anaerobic Digestion Plants UK

ad plants UK memeThe UK has seen rapid growth in anaerobic digestion plants which began around the turn of the century.

In 2013 the number of Anaerobic Digestion Plants in the UK, hit 100 for the first time. That number was seen as a big achievement and was reported extensively in the trade press as a turning point for the UK which indicated that a fledgeling UK biogas industry was becoming established. Many more such plants have been built and commissioned since.

On this page we provide our historic lists as a snapshot of the early days of Anaerobic Digestion plant operation in the UK.

Municipal and Farm Based AP Plants

The following is our version of the list you can find at the Biogas Info web site maps page.with a few sites added bringing our list up to a magic 100! (Last updated February 2013).

1 AC Shropshire Ltd (Waste Feedstock;
2 Adnams Brewery (Waste Feedstock)
3 Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) (Farm Feedstock only)
4 All Waste Services Ltd. Llangadog (Burdens) (Waste Feedstock)
5 Anaerobic Digestion DevelopmenCentre (ADDC) (Waste Feedstock)
6 APS Salads (Waste Feedstock)
7 Avonmouth Organic Food Waste Treatment Plant (GENeco. Wessex WaterEnterprises) (Waste
8 Feedstock) Sited at a Sewage Treatment Works
9 Ballyrashane Co-op (Farm Feedstock only)
10 Bank Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
11 Battle Farm (Agrivert Ltd) (Waste Feedstock)
12 BH Energy (Farm Feedstock only)
13 Biffa – Cannock (Waste Feedstock)
14 Binn Farm (TEG Biogas; (Waste Feedstock)
15 Blakes Abattoir (Future Biogss Ltd) (Farm Feedstock only)
16 Bore Hill Farm Biodigester (Waste Feedstock)
17 Branston Ltd. (Waste Feedstock)
18 Bruichladdich Distillery (Waste Feedstock)
19 Bulcote Farm (Severn Trent Water) (Farm Feedstock only)
20 Buttermilk Hall Farm (Hallwick Ltd) (Farm Feedstock only)
21 BV Dairy (Waste Feedstock)     Housing Estate
22 Cannington Cold Stores Ltd. (“Waste Feedstock)
23 Carr Farm (Farmgen) (Farm Feedstock only)
24 Channel Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
25 CJ Parish & Sons (Farm Feedstock only)
26 Clayton Hall Farm (Waste Feedstock)
27 Cockle Park (Farm Feedstock only)
28 Copys Green Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
29 Corsock Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
30 Crouchland Fsrm (Farm Feedstock only)
31 Dailuaine Distillery (Diageo (Scotland; Ltd) (Waste Feedstock)
32 Deerdykes Composting & Organics Recycling Facility (Waste Feedstock)
33 Didcot Sewage Works (Biomethane Injection)
34 Dryholme Farm (Farmgen) (Farm Feedstock only)
35 Farington Waste Recovery Park (Waste Feedstock)
36 Fernbrook Bio Ltd. (Waste Feedstock)
37 Gask Farm (John Rennie & Sons Farmers Ltd.) (Waste Feedstock)
38 Girvan Distilliery (Waste Feedstock)
39 GreaYnys Farm (Ynergy Ltd.) (Farm Feedstock only)
40 Green Tye (Guy & Wright) (Waste Feedstock)
41 GWE Biogas (Waste Feedstock)
42 Harlescott WWTW, Shrewsbury – Sewage sludge – Close to houses in Harlescott
43 Harper Adams (Energy) Ltd. (Waste Feedstock)
44 Hill Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
45 HMP Guys Marsh Prison (Burdens) (Waste Feedstock)
46 Holsworthy (Waste Feedstock)
47 Homeleaze Farm (H & Q Farming) (Farm Feedstock only)
48 Insource Energy – Rogerstone Park (Waste Feedstock)      ~ food waste – Light Industrial Park?
49 JMW Farms Ltd. (Farm Feedstock only)
50 Knockrivoch Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
51 Langage Farm (Waste Feedstock}
52 Linstock Castle Farm (G Wannop & Son) (Farm Feedstock only)
53 Local Generation Ltd. (Waste Feedstock)
54 Lodge Farm Digester (Waste Feedstock)
55 Lowbrook Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
56 Lower Reule Bioenergy (Waste Feedstock)
57 Mauri Products Ltd. (Waste Feedstock)
58 McCain Foods (Waste Feedstock)
59 Melbury Bioenergy Ltd. (Farm Feedstock only)
60 Melrose Farm (Northern Crop Driers Ltd) (Farm Feedstock only)
61 Miekle Laught Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
62 Much Fawley Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
63 North British Distillery Co. (NBD) (Waste Feedstock)
64 Northwick Estate (Waste Feedstock)
65 Orchard House Foods (Waste Feedstock)
66 Organic Power (Waste Feedstock)
67 Oxford Renewable Energy Ltd. (Waste Feedstock) – Didcot close to residential property
68 PAS (Grantham; Ltd (Waste Feedstock)
69 Rainbarrow Farm (JV Energen) (Biomethane Injection)
70 Reaseheath College (Farm Feedstock only)
71 ReFood (Waste Feedstock)   – Urban Doncaster
72 Roseisle Speyside Whisky Distillery (Waste Feedstock)
73 Scottish 3nd Southern Energy (SSE) Barkip Biogas (Waste Feedstock)
74 Setter Farm (Barfoots of Botley) (Waste Feedstock)
75 Shanks (Orgworld) (Waste Feedstock)
76 Sharps Brewery Ltd (Molson Coors) (Waste Feedstock)
77 Smerrill Generating Station (Kemble Farms) (Farm Feedstock only)
78 Sorbie Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
79 South Shropshire Biodigester (Biocycle) (Waste Feedstock)
80 Spring Farm (OArnold Renewacles Ltd) (Farm Feedstock only)
81 Staples Vegetables (Farm Feedstock only)
82 Stoke Bardolph (Severn Trent Water) (Maize – Duggan)
83 Stuchcury Manor Farm (Marston St. Lawrence Estate) (Farm Feedstock only)
84 Swancote Farm (Waste Feedstock)    – Urban/Semi Rural
85 Symonds Farm (Waste Feedstock)
86 The Green (Farm Feedstock only)
87 The Ryes (Farm Feedstock only)
88 Thornton Waste Technology Park (Waste Feedstock) – Light industrial park?
89 Trinity Hall Farm (H3llwick Ltd) (Farm Feedstock only)
90 Tuquoy. Westray (Farm Feedstock only)
91 Twinwoods (Waste Feedstock)
92 University of Southampton Science Park (Waste Feedstock) – Light industrial park?
93 Viridor Waste Management Ltd. – Newton Heath (Waste Feedstock)
94 Walford & North Shropshire College Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
95 Wanlip (Waste Feedstock)
96 Wateroeach (Waste Feedstock)
97 West Stowell Farm (Farm Feedstock only)
98 Western Isles Integrated Waste Management Facility – Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Waste Feedstock)
99 Westwoods Plant (Waste Feedstock)
100 Windover Farm (Farm Feedstock only)


Image shows a UK Map of AD Plants in January 2011Anaerobic Digestion Plants UK – Plants in January 2011

The following may not be on the list of 100 above, or are featured for their interesting features:

AD Plants in England and Wales

The following may not be on the list of 100 above, and are included for their interesting features:

  1. Wanlip Leicester as part of a Biffa MRF. Operated by Severn Trent
    Water (BIFFA). Accepts biodegradable Municipal Waste. 1.5 MW potential power output. Operational large scale plant Approx. 35,000 tpa.
  2. Woking Council, Surrey – Preliminary pre-contract discussions
  3. South Shropshire Council, DEFRA Waste Technologies Demonstrator Project. This part DEFRA funded Waste TechnologyDemonstrator Plant, in Ludlow, Shropshire has been mothballed, however, we understand that there are plans to re-open the plant soon.
  4. Longstock, HampshireTechnologyprovider is Bioplex Ltd and operator is also Bioplex Ltd. Feed is agricultural residues and animal waste slurries. The throughput is about 1,500 tpa
  5. Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire – Biogentechnology plant operated by Bedfordia Farms Ltd. Accepts Food waste (ABP 2+3) Operational plant with a reported throughput of 42,000 tpa
  6. Rushden (Westwood), Northamptonshire CC, Biogen BiogenFood waste1.5 MW, Under development 41,000 tpa
  7. Wareham, Dorset – In-vessel composting Operator Sita Feed will be Bio-waste. this plant is under development
  8. South East London – Operator would be Veolia – Food waste. thought to be at feasibility study stage.
  9. Doncaster, South Yorkshire –  Initial stages.
  10. Honiton – Otter Rotters Ltd
  11. Elgin – Integrated Bio-Gen Ltd – early stages
  12. Bank Farm – Operated by Clive Pugh (Private  Ind.) 790 m3 Operational plant
  13. Eye Airfield, Eye, Suffolk – 1.05 MW. Not yet built, but fully consented
  14. Dimmer – Wyvern Waste Services Ltd, 3 MW. – Not yet built, but fully consented
  15. Lowe Farm – 0.5 MW – Not yet built, but fully consented
  16. Longstock, Hampshire – Operator Bioplex Ltd. Technology Bioplex Demo Plant 0.0075 MW. Currently operating
  17. Horsington, Somerset – Technology provider was Organic Power and so is Operator. this is a demo plant
  18. Cambridge Research Park/Waterbeach near Cambridge – Operator Summerleaze, and technology also by Summerleaze.
  19. Swang Farm, near Bridgwater, Somerset. Operator Tim Roe (MD) Cannington Cold Stores
  20. Sandford, Whitchurch, Shropshire; Lower College Poultry Farm
  21. Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, North Manchester plant – Enpure Ltd – Greater Manchester
  22. Greater Manchester, Bredbury Parkway; plant by Enpure Ltd -MSW – Under development
  23. Leicestershire CC (Estates Dept) – Feasibility study for a central AD Plant
  24. Stockport, Manchester – Design by Greenfinch Ltd. Operation to be by Fairfield Ltd.
  25. Update October 2008
  26. GR Lancashire UR-3R process- 2 plants under construction Leyland and Thornton
  27. Biffa/ Clarke, West Sussex, Hasse process, 1 facility at preferred bidder
  28. SRM/NEWS    Norfolk CC Contract A  AMBT with Dranco/OWS AD process near Final Closure
  29. Oaktech,  Glendale /Falkirk, Arrowbio process 1 facility under construction Thanks to Rob W
  30. Coca-Cola€™s manufacturing facility in Warrington, UK,  incorporates an anaerobic wastewater treatment facility dating from the  early 1990s.
  31. BV Dairy Shaftesbury, Dorset will generate more than 75% of the site’s electricity consumption with a new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) system. The high-rate liquid digester has been designed and built by Clearfleau. EnerG is supplying the equipment to convert the biogas into energy.
  32. Dalkia is delivering its energy generation and carbon efficiency capabilities to Dairy Crest by designing and installing a biomass energy centre at the Davidstow creamery in Cornwall.
  33. In April 2008 Kemble Farms completed the Smerrill Generating Station.  Located beside the Smerrill Dairy, it produces Electricity and Heat from the cows slurry and energy crops.
  34. As announced on 13 December 2010, TEG  was developing a new anaerobic digestion (“AD”) and in-vessel composing  (“IVC”) plant in Dagenham, East London, which is expected to be in  operation in 2012.  The Mixed Waste was planned to be processed at  the Dagenham plant from 2012.

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