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Department of Transport progresses New Animal Waste Processing Plant 17 August 2006

Following Tynwald approval at the July sitting, the Department of Transport is pressing ahead with the development of a modern Animal Waste Processing Plant (AWPP) which will allow all of the Island’s animal waste to be disposed of safely and in line with the latest international standards.

Phil Braidwood MHK, Minister for Transport, ‘cut the first sod’ on the site of the new plant today (Thursday 17th August 2006), to officially mark the beginning of the construction phase of this £6 million capital project, which will be built adjacent to the energy from waste plant at the bottom of Richmond Hill in Braddan.

A full rendering plant will enable the Island to dispose of all of the animal waste, up to 5,500 tonnes per annum. The operation will be contained within one building measuring approximately 46m by 37m.It will take approximately 24 months to complete and will eventually replace the current facility at East Baldwin.

When it is fully operational, all waste delivered to the site will be handled within the building, where any odours produced will be treated as part of the process and there will be no off-site odour. Animal Blood, which is presently exported to the UK will also be treated at the new plant.

The Department has awarded contracts for the construction of a new processing plant with associated infrastructure at Richmond Hill. Dandara Contracting Limited will be responsible for the building and construction of the new plant, whilst Wykes Engineering Co (Rushden) Limited has the contract for the process plant infrastructure.

Phil Braidwood MHK, comments,

“I am delighted to be in a position to announce that this important capital project is now officially underway. There has been a lot of hard work already undertaken by my Department colleagues and their associates to get to this stage for which I am extremely grateful. We have great confidence in our chosen contractors and look forward to delivering this state of the art new facility on time and within budget in August 2008.”

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