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End of the line for Biogen plant
11:03am Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
A PIONEERING plant in Ludlow that converts waste into energy is being shut.
The Biogen plant that has been operating for six years will close by the end of the year.
Shropshire Council and Biogen have jointly agreed to cease operation of the Biocycle anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Coder Road, Ludlow.
The facility is owned by the council and operated by AD specialists Biogen (formerly BiogenGreenfinch).
Capable of dealing with 5,000 tonnes of waste a year it was designed as a non-commercial operation and set up with financing from DEFRA and Advantage West Midlands in 2005.
Richard Barker, the chief executive of Biogen, said the plant was set up as a demonstrator and had fulfilled its purpose.
“As a demonstration plant, the site has received over a thousand visitors and has helped to educate the general public, students and numerous interest groups about the benefits of anaerobic digestion,” he said.