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New Animal Waste Procecessing Plant building completed ahead of schedule 10 October 2007

The Department of Transport is pleased to announce the completion of the building contract for the Animal Waste Processing Plant at the new site on Richmond Hill, Braddan.

The need for a new animal waste treatment facility was recognised by the Department to meet demand and modern day Health and Safety at work and other standards. The Waste to be treated at the new plant once it is operational amounts to approx 5,500 tonnes per annum of which 55% comes from the Meat Plant with the remainder comprising of butchers waste, fallen stock from farms, used cooking oils, blood and pathogenic water.

Two possible options for the new plant were considered, waste could be crushed blended and taken for incineration at the Isle of Man’s energy from Waste Plant or further treated by rendering with the final product either incinerated on Island or exported to the UK as a fuel. After both options had been carefully considered it was concluded that the second option gave considerable advantages from an engineering, sustainability and cost perspective and so this option was progressed with.

The planning application for the new facility was granted in May 2006 with works beginning on the new site in August 2006. The development was progressed as two contracts, one for the building and one for the manufacture, supply and installation of the process plant. The contract for the construction of the building was won by Dandara Contracting Ltd. The building works were completed 6 weeks ahead of schedule and within the approved budget on the 24th September 2007. The contractor for the process engineering element, Wykes Engineering (Europe) Limited started the delivery of the new plant to the site on the 1st October.

Phil Robinson Director of Construction for Dandara Contracting Ltd said:

"Dandara were very pleased to be the successful tender for the construction of the New Animal Waste Processing Plant building. It was a pleasure to work closely with the Dept of Transport and their Design Team to successfully deliver the project, to the Department's requirements, six weeks ahead of the scheduled completion date."

The keys to the building were handed over to the Minister the Hon D Anderson MHK and the Chief Executive of the Department of Transport Ian Thompson by Mr Phil Robinson Director of Construction for Dandara Contracting Ltd at a ceremony at the new Animal Waste Processing Plant site in Braddan.

Minister for Transport David Anderson MHK said:

‘We are delighted to be able to have the keys to the new Animal Waste Processing Plant building handed to us today well ahead of the scheduled completion date. This new plant once operational in August 2008 will mean that the animal wastes from the Meat Plant, butchers and farms from around the Island will be treated in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner. We would like to thank Dandara, Wykes Engineering and all other parties who have worked tirelessly to complete the construction of the building in such good time.’

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