Jobs boost as Doncaster food waste plant is extended

ReFood UK anaerobic digestion plant in Doncaster.
ReFood UK anaerobic digestion plant in Doncaster.

Extension plans for a Doncaster business will not only see it double in size but also increase its workforce by 100 per cent.

Building and civil engineering contractor, Britcon has secured a £1.85 million contract to extend an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in the town for food waste recycler ReFood.

The move will make it the largest food waste anaerobic digestion plant in the UK to date.

The facility, which already employs 35 people, will create a further 30 new jobs across administation, operations and maintenance.

In December 2013 ReFood secured planning consent to accept 160,000 tonnes of food waste at Doncaster that would otherwise go to landfill.

The plant will generate electricity through combined heat and power (CHP) and will have a total capacity of up to 5MWh, which will be fed into the national grid.

Paul Morris, Operations Director at ReFood said: “We selected Britcon as principal contractor for our first UK plant in 2011 and the partnership has proved extremely successful.

“The Britcon team is very skilled in providing the resources needed for anaerobic digestion construction and has been able to deliver a complete project solution from managing complex earthworks through to building highly specialist structures compliant with our sustainability agenda. Britcon is now a valued partner working with us across a number of UK projects.”

Work has started on site and the contract is expected to be completed for handover in just six months.