RAF Marham, home to the UK’s F-35 multi role combat jets, has become the first military airbase to be powered by green energy.
The Defence Minister, Tobias Ellwood, recently visited the completed biogas plant that will provide sustainable energy to RAF Marham, and officially opened the new site on Amey’s Regional Prime Central contract.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) had been working collaboratively with Amey, the Crown Commerical Service Utilities & Fuels Company, DIO’s electricity supplier EDF and its supply chain partner Future Biogas on the project for EDF to supply baseload power to RAF Marham since 2015.
Members of Amey’s team at RAF Marham undertook a feasibility study on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), in partnership with Arthur Kennedy and Kevin Muttitt, Energy Division, to highlight the benefits from this supply of clean energy. Amey also provided the Safe System of Work, in accordance with JSP 375, for the project on behalf of the MOD and provided local site knowledge and technical support to the Future Biogas delivery team, East Solutions.
The energy provided by the new biogas plant is sustainable, green and will provide annual savings of up to £290,000 over grid-imported energy to the airbase. Carbon emissions will be reduced by 14,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, which contributes to the MOD’s sustainable development strategy, and the plant also increases the power resilience at RAF Marham by providing multiple pathways to electrical resources.
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