Manchester

Work starts on Stockport bio energy renewable gas plant

Work has started on building a bio-energy plant in Stockport that will convert food waste into gas to supply about 1,400 homes in the North West.

The £5m Fairfield Bio Energy plant will use organic material from local hotels, restaurants and offices to generate renewable gas.

It is being built by Bio Group, in partnership with British Gas, on an old landfill site at Bredbury Park Industrial Estate.

It is expected to open in autumn 2012.

Renewable gas is produced from organic material including cattle slurry, food and household waste.

The gas is predominantly made of methane and is similar to natural gas.

Steve Sharratt, chief executive of Bio Group, said: "Fairfield Bio Energy has been designed using our groundbreaking technology as the next stage of a national roll-out of anaerobic digestion plants.

"This will make a real difference to the future use of renewable gas usage across Greater Manchester."

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