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FLI Energy breaks ground on Fraddon biogas project

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FLI Energy , one of the UK & Ireland’s leading AD plant EPC contractors, has announced that it has begun construction of the Fraddon biogas plant, a biomethane to grid anaerobic digestion project located in Fraddon, Cornwall, UK.

FLI Energy signed the EPC contract in March 2014, with project developer and ADBA member Greener for Life Energy. Under the £7 million contract, FLI Energy will provide full EPC wrapped project delivery including the design, construction and commissioning of the plant. The project is funded by London based Eternity Capital.

The plant is designed to convert organic materials from local sources, including agricultural and local food waste and convert it into gas and electricity. It will also divert waste from landfill. The project, supported by local authorities, is fully aligned with the regional objectives to grow the economic activities, while supporting sustainable development and limiting the environmental footprint.

The plant is scheduled to be completed and handed over to owner Greener for Life Energy towards the end of this year. The facility will be one of the few anaerobic digestion plants feeding biogas into the UK national grid. Once operating at full capacity, the amount of biogas energy the site will produce is estimated to be the equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed 2,500 households.

FLI Energy’s turnkey contract scope includes detailed civil and process design, ground-works, site secondary containment bunding, drainage, feedstock clamp, digestate storage, full AD plant technology, M&E, CHP, biogas upgrading technology, propane addition equipment, and biomethane network entry facilities.

FLI Energy’s longstanding AD technology partner HoSt B.V. from Holland will collaborate with FLI to deliver the Fraddon project. When commissioned, the project will generate 1000 cubic meters of biogas per hour, which after upgrading on site will be exported to the gas grid as renewable bio-methane. The biogas upgrading technology used for the plant will be the Carborex MS100 system, supplied by DMT. The plant will enhance the usability of biogas by upgrading it to natural gas quality.

Winston Reed, Managing Director of Greener for Life Energy, said:

The Fraddon project exemplifies Greener for Life’s genuine desire to make a difference to the quality of life for farmers by offering them the opportunity to diversify their businesses and generate significantly higher returns. I am confident that our collaboration with FLI Energy will ensure that we deliver a biogas plant of outstanding quality.

FLI Energy’s Sales Director Chris Long commented:

We are very pleased to be working with Greener for Life Energy to deliver this important project. The Fraddon plant represents yet another positive step taken towards the necessary decarbonisation of the UK gas grid. It also continues to underpin FLI Energy’s leadership in the field of biomethane-to-grid anaerobic digestion project design, construction and operation.

Source: Anerobic Digestion & Biogas Association

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