Plans go in for anaerobic digester in King’s Lynn

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Plans have been submitted to create an anaerobic digester (AD) in Lynn.

Mikram Ltd wants to build the facility on scrubland to the eastern side of Cross Bank Road.

The application to Norfolk County Council seeks permission for a primary digester, a secondary digester, two storage tanks, energy crop silage area, combined heat and power plant, flare stack and ancillary plant.

The plant could process 20,000 tonnes of cereals or food waste to produce biogas, which could then be used to generate 1MW of energy.

The planning statement says: “The plant has been designed to process cereal crop matter. However, the plant could be used in the future to process biodegradable organic waste if required such as domestic food waste material collected from the Local Authority if required.

“Food waste could either supplement the cereal crop or replace it depending on need and local requirements.

“No food waste would be sorted or stored at the site.  

“The principal advantage of AD over other biological treatment processes is the production of biogas, which can be used to produce local, sustainable and renewable energy and unlike wind power has a high base-load capacity, ie it is not reliant on wind to produce electricity.”