Pilot project – bio-digester for St Helena
Work will begin shortly on building an anaerobic digestion plant for waste in St Helena under an OCTA Innovation EU-funded pilot project that will also put in place a management plan for its long-term operation. Creating bio-gas from waste, the plant will manage waste in an environmentally-sustainable manner and create a renewable source of energy.
In the initial stage, the project will carry out an in-depth analysis of the quantity and quality of waste produced on the island – an agricultural and household mix – in order to select the most appropriate bio-digester technology. Vocational training will be carried out to ensure the plant’s long-term operation and maintenance and waste will be organised and collected in a coordinated manner. Procurement for the plant build will be carried out using the PRAG procedure.
Enterprise St Helena, the body created by the government of St Helena responsible for promoting private sector development, will implement the project.
A bio-digester facility is expected to enhance environmental sustainability and the prosperity of society on the remote island, with St Helena becoming a centre of excellence for all Overseas Countries and Territories in the use of bio-digesters.