A Johnston, R.I., anaerobic digester that opened briefly in August 2017, but then closed due to faulty equipment, delays and restructuring of ownership, is expected to be fully operational this winter.
According to an ecoRI News report, the $18.9 million project initially broke ground in May 2015, with a goal of opening by the end of the year. However, permitting delays and financial restructuring by the owner of the facility caused operational delays.
The facility will accept large-scale shipments of liquid and solid organic waste from food manufacturers, schools and grocery stores.
ecoRI News has more details:
This time, the anaerobic digester plans to open for real. Truly.
After a failed first attempt, delays, and a restructuring of ownership, the food-scrap processor and energy facility near the Central Landfill is close to operating again.
The anaerobic digester opened briefly in August 2017, after a two-month delay. But the equipment that separates plastic and other inorganic items from food scrap didn’t operate properly. Other equipment retrofits were made, such as winterizing pipes. The facility now expects to take feedstock and be fully operational this winter.