South Devon Advanced AD Facility Gets Planning Permission
6 December 2011
AAD (South West) Ltd, a subsidiary of British engineering company the AeroThermal Group Ltd has been granted planning permission by Devon County Council to develop a sustainable waste and resource treatment facility
The Advanced Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility will be built on a redundant china clay refinery site at Lee Moor in South Devon.
Operating under the trading name AAD (South West) Ltd, the facility will provide an innovative and modern alternative solution to treat mixed waste, which would otherwise be sent to landfill.
AeroThermal's unique combination of industrial autoclave processing and anaerobic digestion technology will separate out materials from mixed waste for recycling, generate 26 gigawatts annually of green electricity, and produce a compost-like material which will be used at the nearby Imerys Minerals Ltd Lee Moor China Clay workings as part of an ongoing restoration programme.
Commenting on the proposal, AAD (SW) Ltd's Managing Director, Tristan Lloyd-Baker, said: "We are delighted to receive the green light by way of planning approval for our proposal and I would like to thank all those involved in supporting us. Our intention is to begin construction in early 2012 with a view to being fully operational from April 2013."
This £15m investment will create 22 long-term skilled jobs for local people and divert up to 75,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year.
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