International law firm Pinsent Masons has advised on the successful close of a deal to fund one of the first major energy-from-waste projects in Wales.

The North Wales Hub Food Waste PPP is an anaerobic digestion food waste project in Waen, Denbighshire. The facility will treat up to 22,500 tonnes of source segregated food waste collected by Denbighshire County Council, Flintshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council.

The waste will be processed to create a nutrient-rich digestate that will be used as fertilizer on local farms, and methane gas. An on-site CHP plant will use the purified methane gas to generate one MWe of renewable energy to be fed back to the national grid – enough to power 1,500 houses continually for one year.

Oliver Mangiapane, a senior associate at Pinsent Masons who was part of the team advising the ‘hub’ of councils on the project, said the new plant would be a significant source of power for years to come.