MEMBER’S PRESS RELEASE: UTS Biogas seals major deal from Welsh Food Hubs

UTS Biogas Ltd (UTS) has successfully concluded negotiations in order to deliver a turnkey anaerobic digestion solution for the Cardiff Food Waste Treatment procurement, a Welsh Food Waste Hub.  Under this contract UTS will sub-contract to Kelda Organic Energy Ltd who are delivering the 20 year green and food waste treatment solution for Cardiff Council and Vale of Glamorgan.

Construction of the 35,000 tonnes per annum facility is expected to start in June 2015.  Under the terms of the contract UTS will design the facility and then provide the core scope of technology including  in-house patented organic press pre-treatment technology, CHP, pasteurization system, odour control, anaerobic treatment, process control and balance of plant.

Concluding this deal marks another important step in the evolution of UTS Biogas having built two AD facilities at Glenfarg, Perthshire (16,000tpa) and Dagenham, London (30,000tpa) in 2012 and 2013 respectively, and having started the 70,000 tpa food waste plant at Leeming in early 2015 on behalf of the Developer JFS and funder Iona Capital. 

The AD plant at Cardiff will generate electricity that will be used by the adjacent Welsh Water treatment plant, together with heat for use within the plant and potential future  export. It has been specifically designed for food waste with an upfront separation of organics from non-digestable materials such as paper, glass and plastics. A 2-stage anaerobic digestion process is followed by down-stream pasteurization of the digestate, so that the production of fertilizer meets the stringent PAS110 criteria.

Commenting, Dr. Mike Bullard, Managing Director of UTS Biogas Ltd, said: 

This is a very exciting time for UTS Biogas. We expect this project to mark a step change in our delivery of food waste plants in the UK and elsewhere particularly since our pre-treatment technology will enable a very clean organics stream to be extracted from even the most contaminated wastes. The Welsh Food Hubs are very prestigious projects and UTS is proud to be involved with Kelda in delivering this flagship development.

Tom Hall, Commercial Director at Kelda Water Services and the commercial lead on the project for Kelda added:

When constructed the anaerobic digestion facility at Tremorfa in Cardiff will deliver high recycling rates for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Councils and deliver renewable electricity to Dwr Cymru.

In working with UTS Biogas we can guarantee to the Councils a high recycling rate and to Dwr Cymru a reliable source of clean green energy. It's exciting to be delivering this innovative project alongside UTS Biogas.

Councillor Bob Derbyshire, City of Cardiff Council cabinet member for Environment said:

The signing of the contract with Kelda signifies a new 15-year partnership between Kelda, the City of Cardiff Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council to deliver innovative ways to treat organic waste.

This contract is a reinforcement of our commitment to meet the statutory Welsh Government (WG) targets as we work towards their ‘Zero Waste’ goal for 2050.

Operational Manager for Waste Management, Clifford Parish said:

We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council to deliver the organic waste treatment facilities. The facilities are a demonstration of our shared commitment to reducing waste, recycling and sustainability.

For more details on UTS Biogas waste and agricultural AD plants visit

Background notes for editors:

UTS Biogas Ltd is the UK part of a global waste service business trading under the name of Anaergia Inc. UTS Biogas has, in addition to building food waste AD plants, been busy building numerous small and large scale agricultural facilities for numerous clients and are now constructing a large gas to grid project in Norfolk.


Anaergia Inc. is the global technology leader in recovering value from waste for the municipal, industrial, and agriculture sectors worldwide. Through its proven portfolio of proprietary technologies, Anaergia’s integrated solutions create value for its customers in the forms of clean water, renewable energy, and quality fertilizers while dramatically reducing the costs of waste management. Anaergia’s global headquarters are located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, with regional lead offices in the United States, Germany and China. Anaergia technologies are in use at hundreds of resource recovery facilities worldwide, reducing greenhouse gas emissions while creating new revenue sources for its clients.

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