Biomethane plant in the UK inaugurated

The biomethane plant that is being built in Metheringham, UK. (Photo: Agraferm Technologies)
The biomethane plant that is being built in Metheringham, UK. (Photo: Agraferm Technologies)

The German company Agraferm Technologies AG starts building its tenth biomethane plant in the United Kingdom. Overall, Agraferm has received three contracts for new biogas plants.

While the project in Metheringham will produce biomethane, two other projects in Methwold and Crowland will produce biogas from a flexible substrate mix. Additionally, those two plants will use a cogeneration unit to produce electricity.

The biomethane plant in Metheringham will consist of one digestor and post digestor, yield 400 m³ per hour and will have an electric capacity of 500 kW. As Heinrich Schulze Herking, Chief Technology Officer at Agraferm explains, plants in this performance class usually require three to four tanks but thanks to high-load fermentation, the new plant will require substantially less tank volume.

The second project is situated in Crowland on Decoy Farm, right next to a compost facility run by Material Change Ltd., who manages construction and operation of the Crowland plant. The CHP plant being constructed there will use a mix of energy crops and waste material and will have a capacity of 2.8 MWel.

The third order comes from Future Biogas Ltd. for a plant in Methwold, which will also use an individual concept with a flexible substrate mix. Yearly, about 50,000 tons of substrate will be fermented in the plant. Due to upstream milling, two digestors and one post digestor, more than half of the raw material for the plant will come from pig dung. Like Metheringham, the output of the plant will be around 400 m³/hour and it will supply a 500 kW CHP plant.

All three plants are scheduled for completion in 2015. Including them, Agraferm will have 20 biogas plants in the UK providing a raw biogas volume of approximately 200 million m³ per year. 

Tanja Peschel / Agraferm Technologies AG

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