Biogas firm’s first for Scottish farm

A Greenlane biogas upgrader like those Chesterfield BioGas is installing in the UK
A Greenlane biogas upgrader like those Chesterfield BioGas is installing in the UK
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Organic waste from a Scottish farm is going to be turned into gas that could be used by locals to cook their meals and heat their homes, thanks to a Sheffield-based green energy company.

Chesterfield BioGas – or CBG - has won a £1.8 million contract to supply a special biogas upgrader that will allow gas generated by bugs eating rye, sugar beet off-cuts, raw silage and vegetable waste to be injected straight into the mains.

The Perthshire plant is expected to be the first in Scotland to inject biomethane directly into the gas grid and is due to be up and running in the autumn. It will be the sixth upgrader contract won by CBG and the fourth since August.

The deal takes CBG’s order book to £10.6 million with projects due to be delivered in the current and coming financial years.

It will also provide 24 hour a day cover for the upgrader, remote monitoring and management of the plant’s performance, in addition to monthly site visits.

News of the contract comes days after CBG’s parent group, Pressure Technologies, announced at its AGM that CBG was seeing momentum grow in its main market.

In addition to CBG, the Sheffield-based group also owns Chesterfield Special Cylinders and operates an Engineered Products Division, which includes subsidiaries supplying precision-engineered, wear- resistant valve and high pressure components used in the oil and gas industries.

Pressure Technologies revealed at its AGM that it was continuing to look for further opportunities to buy businesses after doubling orders for January.

The group said total orders on hand were 39 per cent higher than they were at the start of its current financial year at the end of September and orders for January were 100 per cent up on January 2013.

It said Chesterfield Special Cylinders had enjoyed improved demand for its principal product range - air pressure vessels for deepwater semi-submersible oil rigs and drill ships - although margins have been hit by South Korean competition.

Chesterfield Special Cylinders has also won further contracts for military submarines being built in Germany and Asia.

Meanwhile the group’s Engineered Products Division’s two businesses both won orders worth more than £1 million in November, a record for a single month.