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Malmberg Water has been awarded its second contract in the UK. The Swedish clean-tech company will supply a plant refining up to 1,900 cubic meters per hour of biogas.
The new project at Howdon sewage treatment works will be Malmberg’s second installation and its largest in the UK. Although fairly new to the UK market, Malmberg has been one of the market leaders in biomethane in Europe for many years, with the main part of orders going to Germany and Scandinavia. The company’s biogas business started 20 years ago but the company itself dates back to 1866.
The installation with Northumbrian Water at Howdon will upgrade raw biogas derived from anaerobic digestion. The feed material for the biogas is sludge from the sewage treatment works.
The output of around 1,100 cubic meters 98% pure biomethane per hour will be injected into the natural gas grid. The machine supplied is a Malmberg COMPACT GR 20, built and designed in Sweden.
Erik Malmberg, Export Director, Malmberg Water, said:
“This is an important milestone for the biomethane industry in the UK. Northumbrian Water has evaluated on life-cycle perspective and not only initial investment cost. We are proud to present a solution that gives the best value for the client on a long term perspective thanks to continuous product development together with our customers around Europe. The result is a machine with the highest performance delivery and availability together with the lowest re-investments on the market.”
Malmberg will also supply a cooling solution for the CHP, biogas pressure increase, odour control unit, siloxane/VOC filter and propane dosing.
Maintenance at the plant will be carried out together with the certified service partner CooperOstlund, a UK based company from Northampton. Included in the service agreement is a 24/7 hour help desk, online monitoring and access to Malmberg’s stock.
Malmberg recorded one of its best years in 2013 with 16 new orders in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany and the UK. The plants upgrade biogas from both food waste, industrial waste, manure, agriculture as well as sewage treatment facilities.