UK-based Tamar Energy is planning to install four new anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, across England, a move in line with its strategy to create a network of around 40 plants, totaling 100MW by 2018.

Of the four proposed AD plants, the first AD plant will be located at Farleigh, Hampshire, with a capacity to process 40,000 tons of food waste. It is expected to become operational in autumn 2013 and will begin generating 1.5MW of electricity by early 2014.

The plant in Holbeach Hurn, Lincolnshire, a joint venture with food producer and processor A.H. Worth & Company, is expected to become operational in late 2013. It will have a capacity to process around 30,000 tons of food waste to generate electricity.

Meanwhile, the other two AD plants, located at Retford, Nottinghamshire and Halstead, Essex, will process maize, manures and other agricultural waste; and commercial and industrial food waste respectively.

Tamar Energy chairman and chief executive Alan Lovell said, "Our innovative funding model means we are in a unique position in the AD industry to deliver on our promise of a cost-effective, reliable and sustainable energy and waste management solution for local councils and waste contractors alike."

The proposed AD plant network will have the capacity to manage large volumes of feedstock from national contractors and offer unparalleled levels of scale and flexibility.