£30m contract success for firm

GREEN ENERGY: Simon Rigby of Farmgen Lancashire in one of the farm crop  digestion tanks
GREEN ENERGY: Simon Rigby of Farmgen Lancashire in one of the farm crop digestion tanks
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A Fylde coast energy firm has signed a £30m contract with a new manufacturer and installation expert to increase business building a network of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants across the UK.

Farmgen is the UK’s leading specialist in ‘energy farming’ and has signed the deal with Kirk Environmental.

The move comes as the Blackpool-based firm accelerates its national roll out of AD plants.

The company’s first site at Carr Farm, Warton, is nearing completion while construction has started at its second plant at Dryholme Farm, Silloth, Cumbria, and a series of proposed plants are either in planning or about to be submitted for planning consent.

The Carr Farm site, which will supply enough electricity to power more than 1,000 homes, should be generating electricity in the next couple of months.

Farmgen is the brainchild of Simon Rigby, the founder and former CEO of FTSE 250-listed utilities group Spice plc.

He netted a £22m windfall last year when the utility services group was sold to private equity investors Cinven.

Farmgen chief operating officer Ed Cattigan said: “We’re delighted to have agreed this landmark contract with Kirk Environmental.

“It marks a substantial investment in Britain’s rural economy, as we will be building AD plants on farms across the country, with the initial phase focusing particularly on Lancashire and Cumbria.

“Kirk Environmental have a strong track record in the sector and have already proven their expertise and capability in the first two plants currently under construction.

“We look forward to working with them on the new generation of plants, which is helping to transform the fortunes of hard-pressed farmers throughout the UK.”