Leading figures from national energy providers joined together with a Government Minister on Friday to mark the beginning of work on
a ground breaking new renewable gas facility in Stockport.
Bio Group CEO Steve Sharratt OBE together with Andrew Stunell MP, Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government and Leader of Stockport Council Cllr Dave Goddard marked the start of work at Fairfield Bio Energy, a facility which will be built on the former Ashton Road landfill site that will convert commercial food waste into renewable gas
The £5 million facility, which will open in autumn 2012, uses food waste from local hotels, restaurants and British Gas offices, to
generate enough renewable gas to supply up to 1,400 homes in the North West every year.
“We are delighted to be working with Stockport to make a real difference to energy provision in the North West.” said Steve Sharratt, Chief Executive of Bio Group, a company who reduce greenhouse gas emissions, through a profitable, diverse network of facilities,
“Fairfield Bio Energy has been designed using our groundbreaking technology as the next stage of a national roll out of anaerobic digestion plants. This will make a real difference to the future use of renewable gas usage across Greater Manchester.”
Local Member of Parliament and Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government Andrew Stunell MP said, “On a national and local level, the development of green technologies will make a real difference to customers and to the environment. We are delighted in Stockport to welcome Bio Group and their Fairfield Bio Energy plant. It will make a real difference and I am pleased to be able to take part in today’s ceremony.”
The project will be the UK’s first purpose-built site to benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which incentivises renewable gas generation by providing to the gas supplier a premium over the actual gas price paid. It is being heralded by Government as the first financial support scheme for renewable heat in the world. It will be the UK’s second gas to grid project.
Fairfield Bio Energy will have a local facing focus with all the food waste being collected by Solutions SK Limited. “Bio Group’s new treatment facility is a really innovative use of well proven technology. To have this facility in Stockport is fantastic and Solutions SK is excited to be a part of it.” said Nic Cox, Managing Director of Solutions SK, a wholly-owned Stockport Council company, who provides a waste collection, recycling and skip hire service in Stockport.
Joining Steve Sharratt and Andrew Stunell MP at the launch was Councillor Dave Goddard, the Leader of Stockport Council who said, “As a council we are passionate about working in partnership with private business to bring prosperity to Stockport.
The reason I came into politics was to see green initiatives making a real difference while creating jobs. Fairfield Bio Energy does exactly that and we look forward to working with Steve and the team over the years ahead.”
Fairfield Bio Energy (FBE) is Bio Group’s second plant and will initially create 20 full time jobs, up to 5 of those being within the facility.
Bio Group designed, built and operates the Adnams Bio Energy (ABE) facility at Southwold in Suffolk which:
- takes 12,500 tonnes of food per year and using a natural process, convert that
into around 1.2 million cubic metres
of green gas.
- is completely organic; nothing is wasted. There are no unpleasant by
products or smells.
- produces a natural liquid
fertiliser and compost that can be used to replace chemicals on farmland.
“Fairfield Bio Energy will be twice the size of Adnams Bio Energy,” continued BioGroup’s CEO Steve Sharratt. “and fundamentally this about ensuring consumers get the opportunity to get a fair deal on green energy. We are a founding member of the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) which tracks biomethane through the
supply chain to provide certainty for those that buy it. “
“By tracking the commercial transactions of biomethane it provides certainty for consumers who buy the gas,
confidence in the green gas sector and an incentive for gas producers to inject green gas into the grid. National Grid
has said this is a great step forward for renewable gas which will stimulate demand from consumers who want to reduce their carbon footprint.”