Welsh Water Infrastructure acquires food waste digestion plant

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water stablemate, Welsh Water Infrastructure has bought a food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting plant in Cardiff from Kelda Water Services.

Welsh Water Infrastructure said the acquisition was part of its plans to further develop its waste and renewable energy business. Kelda unveiled recently plans to focus on its core business and said that there would be a programme of disposals of non-regulated assets.

The plant, at Welsh Water’s Cardiff wastewater treatment works in Tremorfa, currently supplies power and heat to the site which is 50% fuelled by renewable sources. The biomethane from the plant fires a combined heat and power generator.

Welsh Water claimed to use renewable energy to meet 23% of its demand. It said it aims to increase that to 30% by 2020. It’s current average energy bill is some £41 million a year, the company said.

Welsh Water plans to increase the amount of renewable energy it generates to 30% by 2020 which will help the company reduce its costs and keep bills lower for customers.