British bio-fuel giant buys anaerobic digestion power plant from Scottish Water

The Millerhill bio waste biogen power plant in Edinburgh
The Millerhill bio waste biogen power plant in Edinburgh

A London-based mid-market renewable energy and infrastructure investment fund has bought a 1.5MW AD-powered (anaerobic digestion) plant near Edinburgh for an undisclosed sum.

Ancala Partners – which recently sold its Green Highland hydro-power subsidiary – will operate the Millerhill plant at Danderhall as parts of its Biogen renewable energy division.

Millerhill was developed by a partnership venture between the commercial arms of the Scottish Water Board and the Kelda Group – formerly the Yorkshire Water Board prior to its privatisation in England.

The plant is capable of recycling all of the discarded food that is collected by Edinburgh and Midlothian councils.  Methane gas is then produced and converted through a CHP engine into electricity. The process generates enough electricity to power approximately 3,300 homes.

In addition to producing renewable green electricity, the facility converts food waste into a nutrient-rich biofertiliser.

Spence Clunie, Managing Partner, Ancala Partners, commented: “The Millerhill factory is an excellent asset serving an important market and is another example of our ability to secure add-on investments to our platforms and promote businesses that benefit local communities.”

Adam Feneley, Managing Director, Biogen, added: “The Millerhill deal addition marks the first step of growth for the business since we became a part of Ancala last year. We look forward to working with the Edinburgh & Midlothian council to facilitate their recycling targets”.

Ancala now has over £850 million in funds under management.

Last year, Biogen was listed in the ‘1,000 Companies to inspire Britain’ Report from the London Stock Exchange, which identified the country’s fastest-growing and most dynamic SMEs.

18 Jan 2018


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