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Public response prompts Biogas rethink

A visual impression of how the bio plant facility planned for Blackhills on the outskirts of Peterhead

A visual impression of how the bio plant facility planned for Blackhills on the outskirts of Peterhead

Following a display in Peterhead last week, a spokesman for the Buchan Biogas project has said the company will be taking on board public feedback.

Residents were given the chance to view plans for the proposed anaerobic digestion plant on the outskirts of the town.

The plant will use crops, farm waste and silage and other biodegradable waste to produce a renewable source of methane for the national gas network.

Following the day-long disaply at Peterhead’s Palace Hotel, a spokesman said: “On the back of the public consultation we’re going to change some aspects of the planning application.

“The input and feedback has been taken on board.

“The key point is that we’re able to take action to respond.”

The company has been workign closely with Aberdeenshire Council’s planning office on the project.

If completed, the facility would produced biogas which would then be cleaned and upgraded to biomethane for injection into the gas distibution network as a relpacement for natural gas.

Several dozen Buchan residents went to see the display and the spokesman described the overall feedback as ‘quite positive.’

Concerns that we raised included traffic management issues on the A950 road.

The spokesman clarified that the entrance to the site would not be onto the main road and would not seriously affect traffic.

He continued: “Another point is the noise. The easiest thing to say is that it’ll be like a farmyard, operating at normal working hours.

“People realised that it’s not going to be a mini St Fergus terminal.

“The plant is not on an industrial scale.”

The biogas plant will create several new full time jobs and supply enough green gas for 3,500 homes.

It will also provide additional revenue for local farms and promote crop rotation, delivering sustainable yields.

 

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