ENGIE adds Dorset site to add to its renewable gas portfolio

ENGIE has bought Rainbarrow Farm

Utilities giant ENGIE has bought an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Dorset to support its ambitions in the renewable gas industry.

Rainbarrow Farm in Dorchester has been providing renewable energy to the Poundbury community for over a decade.

The acquisition adds to ENGIE’s portfolio of AD plants in the UK and follows on from its takeover last September of biomethane producer Ixora Energy.

Stuart Rennie, managing director of ENGIE Renewable Gases UK, said: “This acquisition is another important step in the expansion of our renewable gas portfolio in the fast-growing UK market.

“Rainbarrow Farm AD is providing the community with much-needed renewable energy, and is contributing to the country’s energy transition and its energy sovereignty.”

ENGIE said the site is “a perfect example of how a circular economy can be created” through biomethane, a renewable and locally produced energy, and which provides sustainable solutions that support local businesses.

Biogas is produced through the breakdown of agricultural feedstocks such as farm waste, food production byproducts and sustainably grown crops.

The biogas is then processed to generate renewable gas and electricity for local networks. This process helps reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels and supports the transition to a circular economy.