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Case Study

Full capacity at our first UK biogas facility

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Setting the scene

Meden Vale, the former Welbeck colliery site in Nottinghamshire, was our first design and build biogas project in the UK.

The site was identified as having excellent potential for a biogas facility and we joined the project with co-developer AcrEnergy just as it was getting off the ground. Time was of the essence and a key challenge was to bring the facility online in time to meet the deadline for the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

In just 18 months, we developed the design, secured planning approval, constructed and brought the plant online.

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Meeting the Challenge

We were proactive in developing positive relationships with the local community and councillors from an early stage. By bringing them close into the project, they became highly supportive of our plans to regenerate the former colliery site.

Our knowledge of the latest technologies and technical expertise meant we could exceed environmental requirements by implementing a new storage system that had not previously been seen in the UK. And working with an established supply chain meant we were always able to stay one step ahead.

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Getting the result

The first gas was injected into the grid in March 2017. A very quick turnaround that ensured we qualified for the RHI tier.

All the gas from Meden Vale is supplied to gas trading specialist Ceres Energy. The plant will produce enough green gas to supply 2,400 homes for the next 20 years, while the combined heat and power (CHP) plant meets the energy needs for the whole site.  

To ensure the plant’s ongoing smooth operation, BayWa r.e.’s expert services team continues to provide round the clock operations management. Guaranteeing that the plant is running at optimum efficiency, at all times.

The […] community has a long and proud association with energy generation and with Biogas Meden this continues. […] I speak for the whole community when I say how pleased we are with its success and the positive relationship we’ve enjoyed with […] BayWa r.e. and AcrEnergy […].

John Allin
Councillor

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