Self-powered sewage plant completed

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The conclusion of a £34 million project to create Yorkshire’s first self-powered sewage plant will be marked with an opening today.

Yorkshire Water’s Esholt site in Bradford is the company’s first entirely sewage-powered site thanks to one of the UK’s only operational BioThelys Sludge Treatment Plants.

Cutting edge technology creates enough renewable energy to power the 750-acre site by generating biogas from the 30,000 tonnes of sludge that comes through it each year.

The fuel can provide heat and power for the large site, reducing Yorkshire Water’s carbon footprint by 9,000 tonnes and saving £1.3 million a year in energy costs – helping keep customer’s bills down, says the company. The process also creates fertiliser which can be used in agriculture.