ABP Food Group puts €24.5m into green en­ergy plant in UK

The Irish Times - Business - - NEWS - COLIN GLEE­SON

Beef baron Larry Good­man’s ABP Food Group is to in­vest €24.5 mil­lion in a green en­ergy plant in the UK.

The in­jec­tion by ABP’s re­new­able di­vi­sion Ol­leco will pro­duce enough sus­tain­able en­ergy to power the equiv­a­lent of 12,000 homes.

The new 15MW “anaer­o­bic di­ges­tion fa­cil­ity” in Ayles­bury, Buck­ing­hamshire, is lo­cated ad­ja­cent to dairy com­pany Arla, al­low­ing it to be­come a zero-car­bon milk-pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity.

Green en­ergy has be­come a sig­nif­i­cant growth sec­tor as com­pa­nies seek to en­sure their fa­cil­i­ties are car­bon neu­tral. Ol­leco man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Robert Be­han said the new fa­cil­ity was “an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of the cir­cu­lar econ­omy in ac­tion”, with mul­ti­ple sup­ply chain part­ners work­ing to­gether to de­liver sus­tain­abil­ity.

“This state-of-the-art Ol­leco fa­cil­ity will con­vert in ex­cess of 100,000 tonnes of waste into heat, power and bio-meth­ane for ex­port to the na­tional grid, and bio-fer­tiliser for both of ABP Food Group’s and Arla’s farmer sup­pli­ers,” he said.

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