Delivering carbon savings through BioSNG requires widespread deployment of BioSNG facilities. To enable this, the project partners are currently building the first commercial plant. This will process 10,000 tonnes per annum of refuse derived fuel and waste wood to produce 22GWh per annum of grid quality natural gas, enough to heat 1,500 homes or fuel 75 heavy goods vehicles. This project will provide a reference facility, operating under commercial conditions to enable financing of large scale commercial projects.
The project is being delivered by the core partners Cadent (formerly known as National Grid Gas Distribution), Advanced Plasma Power and Progressive Energy, joined by consortium partners Wales and West Utilities and CNG Services.
Funding for this £25million facility is provided by the project partners with support from the Department for Transport Advanced Biofuels Competition and Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition.
The project commenced in September 2015 with construction underway in late 2016, and due for completion in the second half of 2017. The objective is to produce 1 million kilogrammes of gas during 2018.
The facility is an integrated end to end process, constructed at Advanced Plasma Power’s premises in Swindon. Refuse derived fuel will be supplied from Swindon households and the gas produced will be injected into the Wales and West Utilities’ gas network for use in local homes and in an existing Compressed Natural Gas filling station operated by Howard Tenens.
The project will combine Advanced Plasma Power’s Gasplasma® technology, which produces a high-quality tar-free syngas from Refuse Derived Fuels, with Amec Foster Wheeler’s Vesta technology, which converts the syngas to low carbon substitute natural gas (BioSNG). This will be the first integrated plant in the world to produce biomethane from household waste.
The purpose of the project is to operate under commercial conditions over a prolonged period. This provides the necessary confidence in the technology and its operability for investment in full scale plants. It also provides policy makers with the evidence base for this approach to decarbonisation of heat and transport. This is particularly important as strategic decisions are made about the best ways for the UK to address its carbon budget commitments.
Planning, permitting, design & safety review
Delivery and installation of plant
Start of commercial operations
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