Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

West Suffolk: Eco power plant moves forward as farmers take on ‘important role’

PUBLISHED: 16:02 11 April 2014

The Euston Estate

The Euston Estate

Farmers have an important role to play in the production of renewable energy as well as growing food, according to unions leaders.

The claim comes as a planned anaerobic digestion (AD) unit on the Euston Estate - described by representatives as an “exciting new project” - looks to complete the last small hurdle to allow it to pump gas to the main grid.

The unit on Home Farm, between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford will be fed with maize and sugar beet grown on the Strutt & Parker Farms and the Euston Estate together with some manures.

About 90% of the biogas made by the breaking down of organic matter will be injected into the national grid with the remaining 10% used to run a 250kw generator on the farm.

An application submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council has now asked for a pipeline from the unit, which has already been approved, to run around water meadows to the east of Fakenham Magna on higher and drier ground.

Edward Keymer, of Keymer Cavendish chartered surveyors, said confirmation of the pipe’s route to the main near Lanketts Grove was the final piece of detail required.

“It’s an exciting new project that will be starting soon,” he said. “And unusually, the majority of its output will go straight into the gas grid. Only a very small proportion will be used for generating electricity.”

The unit at Euston will be the latest in the region, with one at Risby already operating.

Brian Finnerty, spokesman for NFU (National Farmers Union) East: “We think there is an important role for farmers as generators of renewable energy as well as the role they already fulfil as food producers. There is an opportunity to contribute to this country’s energy needs and AD is one of the ways they are able to do that.”

Mr Finnerty, who said that there are more AD plants were in the pipeline, claimed it was possible the plants could in future deal with domestic waste.

He added: “With AD it’s really important that you get the mixture right and certainly there’s a role for waste food as well as animal manures and maize as well that goes into an AD plant.”

0 comments

Only one potential witness seen on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds on the night Corrie McKeague disappeared remains unidentified.

Concerns are growing for the welfare of a missing Suffolk man – who has not been seen for five days.

A smoke alarm helped save lives during a blaze at a home in Ipswich this evening.

A horse had to be sedated for rescue after falling into a private swimming pool in north Essex.

A community school art project has helped break down the “invisible barrier” between the Whitehouse and Whitton wards in Ipswich, a former mayor has claimed.

We meet up with the experts leading the £1.2m conservation and improvement work at Framlingham Castle.

A young soldier was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit when the car he was driving crossed onto the wrong side of the A120 and crashed head-on into a lorry, an inquest has heard.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24