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PDM food waste recycler appoints local companies to build anaerobic digestion plant

PDM, the UK’s largest food waste recycler, has confirmed the companies building its industry-leading ReFood anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Doncaster. To construct the £12m plant, PDM has appointed a number of local companies, as well as bringing expertise from Europe.

Keen to utilise local businesses, PDM invited 10 regional companies to tender for the project. Britcon (Scunthorpe) Ltd, a civil engineering company, has been appointed as principal contractor to oversee the project and construct a new dedicated office and amenities block for the AD plant, which is highly energy efficient, in line with the rest of the project.

Meanwhile, architects, John Hill Associates from Doncaster, will manage all design and construction throughout the eight month build which recently commenced. Local contractors will also be employed throughout the project to undertake installation work such as electrics and specialist piping systems.

PDM has also brought across European expertise in AD plant construction through Bigadan, one of Europe’s leading providers in the design, manufacture and operation of AD plants and Form-tec, a German company specialising in the construction of concrete biogas digesters.

Clarke Energy, the UK’s leading provider of power generation will provide engines and generators suitable for use with biogas.

PDM’s ReFood plant will also include an innovative depackaging plant which will include equipment supplied by TMA, who provided similar equipment for plants built for PDM’s German partner, SARIA.

Philip Simpson, commercial director at PDM, comments: "We’re delighted to have identified all the key partners in the construction of our first ReFood plant in Doncaster. As a company, we are focused on supporting our local community and a key part of our selection process was inviting local contractors to tender and we’re very pleased to have two local companies delivering the build.

"However, the ReFood technology is very new to the UK, so it was also important to bring in expertise from Europe to provide skills and knowledge in building a large-scale biogas plant. We look forward to seeing the plant take shape over the coming months."

PDM’s ReFood plant in Doncaster will be operational from Summer 2011 and the company will shortly be recruiting management and operational personnel for the new facility.

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