Bury St Edmunds beet factory builds AD plant

Name sign at British Sugar's Bury St Edmunds factory
Name sign at British Sugar's Bury St Edmunds factory
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A Bury St Edmunds company is constructing an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant which could be fully operational by next summer.

The AD plant being installed at British Sugar’s Hollow Road factory is expected to generate up to five megawatts of electricity per annum which will be exported directly into the National Grid system.

Factory manager Mike Blowers said the project ‘extends British Sugar’s ongoing commitment to develop a new provision of electricity from a renewable source’.

He added: “We have a strong track record in co-products and the aim of this investment is to create more value in the regional economy at the same time as being a sustainable and responsible business in the local community.”

A company spokeswoman said the plant was being located within the site’s current Environmental Permitted area and would be fed around 97,000 tonnes of pressed pulp each year.

She said the pulp, arising from existing operations at the factory, would be stored in the ‘best technical solution’ - sealed plastic wrapped bales.