Denmark’s market leading supplier of AD technology plans to build a new plant in Scotland. The agreement amounts to approximately €8.0 million and has been entered into with Scottish and Southern Energy.

The Scottish AD plant is planned at Barkip, North Ayrshire. It is expected to be ready for operation in early 2011 and will contribute to Scottish government targets for CO2 reduction. Expected annual capacity of organic waste is 80,000 tonnes, which will produce 2MW of renewable electricity. The Ayrshire facility will be the first for Xergi and SSE in Scotland.

CEO of Xergi, Jørgen Ballermann, commented, “We are very pleased to be part of SSE’s first AD project. The signing of this contract marks a very important first milestone in a very close and professional cooperation with SSE and project developer Zebec Biogas.”

He continued, “We see this agreement as a breakthrough for the AD strategy Xergi laid down for the UK market more than two years ago. Already back then we chose to be actively present on the UK market and this effort now bears fruit and has led to Xergi being considered a professional supplier of technologically advanced processing plants in the UK.”

The facility will be delivered by Xergi and will convert the organic waste into renewable energy in the form of methane gas and nitrogenous organic fertiliser. The plant features a reception, fully automatic feeding system capable of handling many different types of organic waste, anaerobic digesters with a unique stirring system for the production of methane, a CHP (combined heat and power) unit producing power and heat, and storage tanks for the fertiliser.