Plans unveiled for £3m anaerobic digester in King’s Lynn

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A £3 million anaerobic digestion plant could be powering businesses in Lynn if new plans come together.

Mickram Ltd is considering building a nine gigawatt anaerobic digestion plant in Cross Bank Road.

The firm, which is based at Riverside Business Centre, say the plant will be fed on straw or maize.

Anaerobic digestion plants create biogas which can be converted to electricity.

Plans for the plant could be submitted to Norfolk County Council next year if the firm goes ahead with the project.

Mickram has already produced renewable technology in Lynn by installing a wind turbine.

Company director Michael Stollery has stressed that the plans are at an early stage and may never come to fruition.

He said: “Traditionally people view anaerobic digestion being fed waste or sewage to generate electricity.

“But that isn’t an issue as this could be using crops.

“Local farmers could be growing maize to feed it.

“We have been very particular about what we have selected. This is going to be crop fed and in an industrial area.

“There will be no noise or smell.”

The firm held a pre-application meeting yesterday at its premises in North Lynn, which was attended by two people.

With the anaerobic digestion process, feedstock is broken down using micro-organisms and converted into biogas, which can then be converted into electricity.

Digestate is a by-product of this process and can be used as a fertiliser or soil conditioner.

Mr Stollery said: “The electricity will not hit the National Grid.

“If you look at the UK Power Networks map of this area it is red as they can’t take any more generation.

“We will have to use a community-based solution and this electricity would never go outside of Lynn.

“It could be used by companies such as Dow Chemicals or Bespak.”

Local farmers have been told about the digestion plans.

Mr Stollery said: “Farmers have to rotate their crops as part of the EU subsidies system and there are enough farmers around here to organise a producer group for maize.

“Farmers are very interested but they won’t get overly interested until it gets planning.”

The company has already created a wind turbine in Cross Bank Road which produces energy for Dow Chemicals.