ConstructionThe construction started in March 2016 The CHP engine and gas boilers were commissioned in September 2016. The plant was fully completed and up to full power generation in February 2017. It took approximately 12 months to build the digester and fully establish the biology so that the digester was performing at over 90% productivity. Here is a brief video showing the overall process that Richard presented at the 2017 AGM.
Operation and Maintenance
The AD plant is run on a daily basis by Richard Tomlinson and the team at Lower Park Farm. The farm supplies all the feedstock for the digester, and the resultant digestate is used to fertilise the farmland. We have a technical support contract for the plant with Fre-energy and the cost of this is included in the budget. This ensures that the AD plant continues to operate efficiently and reliably.A maintenance contract is also in place with 2G who look after the gas engine and service it on a regular basis. The coop also have a sinking fund to contribute towards the cost of a new engine.