Agrivert has taken over the operations and maintenance of 12 anaerobic digestion plants, several months after the sale of its UK operating assets to Severn Trent Green Power.
The plants, which are on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) units, were previously run by Qila Biogas. Six are located in Scotland, five in the midlands and one in Essex.
Agrivert will run the plants, most of which are managed by investor Ingenious, with the task of ‘driving up the operational performance and profitability of the facilities’.
As part of the deal Agrivert is also in discussions with Ingenious to build a further three plants in 2019 with Agrivert acting as the EPC contractor.
Agrivert has existed for around 25 years, having been set up to operate in the organic waste, water and energy sectors. The company designed, built and operated a number of composting, AD and sludge treatment plants around the UK.
The £120 million acquisition of Agrivert’s organics recycling business by Severn Trent in 2018, included the firm’s five food waste AD pants and five green and commingled waste composting sites. Severn Trent operates the sites under the Agrivert Biogas Ltd name – which is a separate entity to Agrivert Limited.
Following the sale of Agrivert’s UK assets to Severn Trent in 2018 (see letsrecycle.com story) the company retained its design and engineering team to pursue organic waste and water engineering projects in the UK and overseas.
“Operations have always been at the heart of Agrivert and only by operating plants do we believe that practical innovation and therefore competitive edge in the design of new facilities becomes possible.”Alexander Maddan
Commenting on the contract Alexander Maddan, Agrivert’s chief executive, said: “We are very excited about this transaction. During the due diligence process we have reviewed the 12 plants and we are looking forward to working with the existing staff to upgrade the infrastructure and drive up performance.
“We are delighted that the operating and engineering staff will be joining Agrivert and they will complement and strengthen Agrivert’s existing team. Operations have always been at the heart of Agrivert and only by operating plants do we believe that practical innovation and therefore competitive edge in the design of new facilities becomes possible.”