New AD plant opens in South Wales

The Welsh Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant, has officially opened Biogen’s new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Bryn Pica, South Wales.

The new plant can process up to 22,500 tonnes of waste and will be a hub of food recycling in South Wales for the next 15 years thanks to the partnership deal established between Biogen and three of the region’s councils – Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough, Newport and Methyr Tydfil County Borough. 

The AD plant is Biogen’s sixth to be completed and the third plant in Wales.

“This project is a great example of the effective use of collaboration and joint working between local authorities, the private sector and the Welsh Government,” said Mr Sargeant.

“These projects also bring with them economic benefits for the local area. Many jobs were created during construction of this site and four full time posts have been created to operate the plant.” 

Biogen’s Chief Executive, Julian O’Neill added: “The Bryn Pica AD plant is a fantastic investment for the area, both as a food waste treatment facility and as an educational resource for the community. We are delighted to announce that the plant is now fully operational and generating electricity.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues