Northumbrian Water has made a £9.5m investment to enable it to use the gas generated from the sewage it treats on Teesside to help power one of its largest sites.
The new ‘Gas to Grid’ plant at Bran Sands Regional Effluent Treatment Works on Teesside is set to significantly reduce the cost of running the site, as well as generating enough biomethane to fuel 5,000 homes.
Bran Sands is the second Northumbrian Water site to use Gas to Grid, following the establishment of a similar plant at Howdon on North Tyneside in 2015.
Richard Murray, Northumbrian Water’s head of wastewater treatment and bioresources, said:
“The Gas To Grid plant at Bran Sands is the latest part of our work to expand upon a wide-ranging sustainable energy mix that not only delivers value for money for our customer by reducing costs, but also contributes to our goal of achieving operational carbon neutrality by 2027.
“Bran Sands is a site that, at its heart, is there to protect the environment.
“The gas that is now flowing through the new plant represents the result of four years of planning and work to establish the Gas to Grid plant and add an extra layer of sustainability to the way we treat the sewage and industrial effluent from across Teesside.”
Installation of the equipment was carried out by Swedish company Malmberg, which also worked on the sister plant at Howdon.
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