Plans underway for energy plant fuelled by chicken waste
A poultry company in the UK is pressing ahead with
plans for a multi-million pound renewable energy plant fuelled entirely by
In 2005, Banham Poultry was granted consent to build the development at its
former processing site at Bunns Bank industrial estate.
The Â£7-10 mln (US$13-20 mln; €9-13 mln) power plant will use
state-of-the-art technology to turn feathers, heads, guts and other waste into
electricity. It has the backing of UEA's CRed carbon reduction campaign and
approval from the Environment Agency.
"We have spent the time since the application was granted in investigating
the best supplier for the equipment and the most viable way to build it, and are
hopeful of starting the development in the very near future. There are a lot of
things that are undecided at the moment, and we are looking at doing it possibly
in conjunction with a third party," said Banham Poultry director Robin
Goram said the cost of disposing of waste is one of the issues for meat
producers who are having a tough time at present, and Banham Poultry has looked
at alternative ways of tackling the problem. It has invested Â£2.5 mln (US$4.8 ;
€3.4 mln) in a composting facility for poultry and green waste at Carleton Rode
and is also building a new rendering plant near Norwich which is in the final
stages of completion.
"The meat industry in the UK is in decline and unless we do something to
safeguard it we will be a country of non-producers," Goram stressed.
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