Austrian-based AD specialist Thöni Industriebetriebe GmbH is to construct the anaerobic digestion gas to grid plant which will produce biogas for injection into the national grid, as part of a £12.7 million contract with Aberdeen city council, awarded last month.

The plant will process 81,000 tonnes of feedstock per annum, with 41,000 tonnes comprising organic waste collected from the region.

The biogas produced from the facility will be upgraded to biomethane and injected into the natural gas grid. It will then be piped to the onsite Energy Centre at the multi-million-pound new TECA arena. The plant is designed to produce 425m3/h of gas

TECA is being developed beside Aberdeen International Airport, and the new city bypass. The 12,500-capacity main arena will host conferences, exhibitions and music concerts.

The AD plant is one of the income streams for the development, and will receive a subsidy from UK Government which is guaranteed for 20 years, in the form of the Renewable Heat Incentive, Aberdeen city council said

Aberdeen city council co-leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “The AD plant project powering the TECA complex underpins the position of Aberdeen as a world-class city for energy and innovation and the centre as the place to see how energy, environment and business can be integrated on a truly significant scale.

“We are in the midst of the most important period of transformation Aberdeen has ever experienced including an increased focus on renewable energy sources as part of our Regional Economic Strategy, and it’s fantastic that TECA can lead on that.”

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