Adapt Biogas Murrow Plant Achieves ADBA Anaerobic Digestion Scheme Certification

The anaerobic digestion (AD) site at Murrow in Cambridgeshire, operated by Adapt Biogas Ltd, has been accredited under the Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme (ADCS) – a best practice scheme managed by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association to recognize the all-round safety, environmental and operational performance of AD plants.
Adapt Biogas Murrow Plant Achieves ADBA Anaerobic Digestion Scheme Certification
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” We are extremely pleased to have gained verification of our standards and systems across the business,” said Sophie Swan, Operations Manager at Adapt Biogas. “We have lots of exciting plans for future development at our site at Murrow and ensuring continuing improvements across our operations has always been of high priority. Gaining this certification is a credit to the excellent team we have in place, who are fully committed to driving the business forward.”

The Murrow site is an agricultural AD plant which produces renewable energy for export into the national transmission system at a high pressure of maximum 75 bar. The first AD plant in the UK to do this, it has the potential to inject as much as 15,000 standard cubic meters of biomethane per hour (scmh) – this represents a huge volume by industry standards.

Currently housing six digesters, the Murrow AD plant is set up to achieve biomethane exports of 900 scmh. It also produces electricity from two 250kWh biogas CHP units. In addition to powering the site infrastructure, this electricity is exported to the network. The plant uses cattle-manure feedstock, alongside outgrade fruit and vegetable, dairy slurry and a small amount of purpose grown energy crops. In total the site processes approximately 115,000 tons of feedstock per year.

“The business is striving for a circular economy approach and achieves this by incorporating a cattle farm and transport business into our portfolio,” continues Sophie. “This means that we are able to produce feedstock independently, as well as integrate haulage of feedstock and spreading of digestate into our daily operations.”

We congratulate the Adapt team for taking this proactive approach to ensuring their site operates at best performance whilst reducing environmental, health and safety, legal and commercial risk,” commented Josh Henthorne, ADBA Technical Support Manager. “Adapt are committed to implementing best practice and it’s great to see their site achieving ADCS accreditation to demonstrate this. It also illustrates the value of the scheme in helping improve industry standards.”

In addition to Murrow, Adapt Biogas have a newly constructed AD plant at Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, which is due to be commissioned later this year. This fast-developing site will be utilising food waste feedstock and will play a big part in decreasing the volume of business food waste currently being sent to landfill.

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