FLI Energy , one of the UK & Ireland’s leading AD plant EPC contractors, has announced today that it has begun construction of the Euston biogas plant, a Biomethane to Grid Anaerobic Digestion project located on the Euston Estate in Suffolk, UK. Once operating to full capacity, the AD plant will generate 10 million cubic meters of biogas, the electrical equivalent of powering over 5,000 UK homes.
Under the £9 million contract, FLI Energy will provide full EPC wrapped project delivery including the design, construction and commissioning of the plant, as well as a five year maintenance and process analysis support contract. FLI Energy signed the EPC contract on February 2014, from project developers Strutt and Parker Farms Ltd, one of the largest farming businesses in the UK, and SS Agripower.
Following on from several successful UK biogas projects, FLI Energy will again be collaborating closely with HoSt B.V. from Holland, who have been FLI Energy’s longstanding AD technology partner, to deliver the Euston project. HoSt B.V. are market leaders in the Netherlands and have extensive experience in mixed feedstock AD process design.
FLI Energy’s turnkey contract scope includes detailed civil and process design, ground-works, site secondary containment bunding, drainage, silage clamp, digestate storage, AD plant technology, CHP, biogas upgrading, propane addition, and biomethane network entry. The biogas upgrading technology will be supplied to FLI Energy by the Dutch company Pentair Haffmans.
The main energy export of the plant is renewable bio-methane. When commissioned, the project will generate 10 million cubic meters of biogas, which after upgrading on site will be exported to the gas grid as renewable bio-methane. As for the renewable electricity and heat generated, they will be largely consumed on site to power the plant itself.
Charlie Fillingham, Managing Director of Strutt and Parker Farms Ltd, said: “It is key to the success of such complex renewable energy projects to have early engagement with a specialist turnkey Contractor such as FLI Energy who have the overall capability to join the project team early on to ensure an optimal and de-risked solution is implemented. We are confident that FLI will be able to draw on their significant Anaerobic Digestion project EPC experience to deliver an outstanding biogas plant.”
FLI Energy’s Managing Director Declan McGrath commented: “We enjoyed the collaboration with Strutt and Parker Farms and their project team. Being engaged at the early stages by a prestigious and progressive client with a clear vision of renewable energy provides us with an ideal opportunity to add value early on in the project.”
To date, the biogas plants delivered by FLI have a combined electrical output of 52,000 MWh each year – enough to power more than 6,500 homes, and potentially diverting nearly 100,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste from landfill.
FLI Energy’s Managing Director Declan McGrath concluded: “Our focus has recently been on the decarbonisation of the gas grid, and this year, the completion of the Euston project together with other projects underway will contribute more than 15 million cubic meters of gas to the grid; the electrical equivalent of powering over 8,000 homes.”
About Strutt and Parker Farms Ltd
The Strutt and Parker families have been farming land in Essex and Suffolk for over 200 years and grown to be one of the leading farm businesses in the UK. Today the business manages some 21,000 acres of farmland across 5 farms. Our farms grow a wide range of crops including wheat, sugar beet, oilseed rape, potatoes, linseed, oats, barley, lucerne and rye. In addition, through joint venture activities, we are involved in farming land near Ramsey in Cambs, and managing sheep in Norfolk. While supplying all markets, our focus has been to cultivate premium crops predominantly for human consumption. Hence continued investment in our business has enabled us to grow crops to a very high standard, meeting the requirements set by the UK food manufacturers. We have a strong commitment to our local community and environment. Not only do we provide employment for 85 employees, of which 34 are full time, we have invested heavily in converting redundant farm buildings to provide industry and employment to other sectors of the rural community. We have also stimulated rural tourism by constructing holiday cottages. In making a commitment to the environment, we are strong supporters of national country stewardship schemes (ELS/HLS). Agriculture is very vulnerable to climate change, and we believe in a strong future whereby farmers are well placed to implement sustainable agricultural practices that help adapt to and mitigate climate change while benefitting rural and urban populations. We already grow crops (such as wheat and sugar beet) that can be processed into biodiesel and replace the need for fossil fuels.
For more info please visit: www.spfarms.co.uk/
About SS Agripower
SS Agripower is owned by Steve Suggitt. Based near Euston, Steve Suggitt (under the name of Suggitt Farm Services) provides contracting services for many farmers in East Anglia, specialising in forage harvesting (maize and grass), fertiliser spreading, muck handling and spreading, baling and many more comprehensive services.
About FLI Energy
FLI Energy specialise in the design and construction of Anaerobic Digestion plants, capable of processing a variety of feedstocks including agricultural products, food wastes and a wide range of organic commercial and industrial wastes and by-products. We provide site specific concepts which are efficient, reliable and economic. Our technology selection and process design is project and customer led, we are not limited to a “one size fits all” approach. We offer a range of digestion and bio-gas upgrading technology solutions and can call upon a wide variety of operational project references. FLI Energy is part of the FLI Group of companies and is located in Kempston, Bedfordshire. Founded in 1989, the FLI Group has six regional offices throughout the UK and business operations in France, Ireland and the South Pacific island of New Caledonia. FLI’s activities are supported by c. 150 staff of experienced professionals providing design, project management, contracting, project delivery and operational services across the Environmental, Waste, Water and Energy sectors. www.fli-energy.com
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