17 December 2019 by Claudia Glover

Gateshead AD plant expected in February 2020

The developers of a 70,000 tonne per year capacity commercial anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, have said the plant will open in February 2020.

The plant was announced in August this year and will aim to generate enough heat for 1,950 homes, from food sourced from across from commercial properties across Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Sunderland.

Gateshead AD plant

The plant was initially expected to be open this month but has been pushed back to February 2020 while it awaits an Environmental Permit

Wardley Biogas is developing the facility in a joint venture between waste management company GAP Organics, and renewable energy funding provider Privilege Finance.

In September, an arrangement with Keenan Recycling was also struck to source food waste from across commercial customers such as restaurants and food manufacturers in the North East to use at the plant (see letsrecycle.com story).

Initially, the facility was supposed to be ready this month, but has been slightly delayed while the operators wait for an Environmental Permit, which the developers have said is expected to be finalised by February.

Speaking with letsrecycle.com, Paul Palmer, business development director at Gap Organics, said: “We are currently commissioning and have waste clients lined up for material.”

Mr Palmer added: “The placement of the new plant is on what we call the golden triangle [an area straddling Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Durham and Sunderland] giving the plant access to organic waste across three counties as well as some access to Cleveland and Darlington”.

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