Duchy Supports Green Energy Production

The Duchy of Lancaster is supporting the construction of a new and innovative green energy plant at its recently acquired Marston Gate Industrial Estate in Swindon.

The UK Government is investing £11m in the development and construction of a state-of-the-art facility in Swindon which uses pioneering technology to transform waste into a green gas called Bio-substitute Natural Gas (BioSNG). The BioSNG, which emits 80 per cent less carbon dioxide than diesel, will be used to power local haulage fleets and will reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gases by 5,000 tonnes per annum.  This will be the first such facility in the world.

Supported by the Department for Transport, Advanced Plasma Power (APP) will lead a consortium of companies made up of National Grid, clean energy firm Progressive Energy and CNG Services, to deliver the new green energy plant.

Construction is scheduled to begin next year.  To facilitate the project, the Duchy has agreed to permit the necessary structural alterations to existing buildings as well as making additional areas of the site available.

Commenting on the new plant, Duchy Head of Urban Mike Andrews said: “As a responsible landlord, the Duchy of Lancaster is keen to encourage the use of new technologies and green energy sources by our tenants. This new plant will harness ground-breaking technology to help reduce emissions in one of the UK’s key transport sectors, while using waste which would otherwise go to landfill. We are pleased to be able to play our part in making this a reality and will be watching with interest as the new plant comes on line.”

Rolf Stein, CEO of APP, said: “From an economic, environmental and social perspective, this   presents a real triple win. The new technology means that we can produce clean biofuels from waste on a local basis, so as to help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from both the waste management as well as transport sectors.”

Clare Wenner, head of renewable transport at the Renewable Energy Association, added: “There are very few solutions available to help us de-carbonise the HGV sector, although this is a stated Government priority. The application of really innovative technology such as this is a very encouraging sign that new solutions can and will be found to help achieve this aim.”

Once fully operational, the new Swindon plant will take in 10,000 tonnes of waste from the local area and produce 22GWh of BioSNG – enough to heat 1,500 homes.

The Duchy of Lancaster acquired Marston Gate as part of the Gravity portfolio of commercial and industrial buildings in September 2016.