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Tom Goodwin CEng C.WEM                  06/10/2020

Marches Biogas Newly Chartered Process Engineer

We are delighted to announce that our already experienced Process Engineer, Tom Goodwin, is now a fully Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (C.WEM).  

Tom started in the world of anaerobic digestion as a postgraduate engineer from Loughborough University’s Water Engineering and Development Centre at BiogenGreenfinch.  Tom was thrown in at the deep end of solid waste handling! The difficulties of depackaging, grit and biogas gave Tom a passion to find robust and operationally resilient ways of handling these difficult media. The lessons learned gave him a firm grounding in practical engineering and he began to develop the competencies necessary for attaining chartership.  He was also heavily involved with the challenge of odour control in a food waste environment as well as being part of the team which got Westwood AD Facility through the PAS110 accreditation process, a UK first!  In addition, Tom designed the rainwater management philosophy which ensured that dirty water in the bund was captured and treated, with clean water discharged to soak away drainage.

Tom moved on from Biogen to become the biogas safety lead and process engineer for the start-up company, AD4Energy. He has come back to his roots at Marches Biogas and has a hands on approach to engineering which provides valuable insight to the operational issues faced by sites.  One of Tom’s main focus’ is ensuring that our customer’s biogas is correctly managed, with discharges to atmosphere or flaring minimised as far as possible.  Tom can be regularly be seen on sites across the UK undertaking DSEAR and gas system safety surveys.  The knowledge and experience gained at Marches Biogas have given Tom the grounding to take the leap and achieve his charterships. 

Tom being a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager means that Marches Biogas’ customers can have further confidence that they are dealing with professionals who will always ensure that the task is completed to a high standard of engineering, with knowledge and insight drawn from experience and sound engineering good practice together with our aim to always prevent harm to the environment, and keep them on the right side of the regulatory authorities.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys hillwalking, keeping fit and participating in 15th century battle re-enactments with the Beaufort Companye of the Wars of the Roses federation. Tom is an accomplished archer, shooting a “war bow” - a replica of one of the finds from the Mary Rose.

Keith Knight, Director at Marches Biogas was quoted as saying that "Tom is a fantastic engineer, passionate about all things AD and can often be found late in the evening bashing his helmet and armour in our spacious workshop. It is some relief that after 5 years of "gentle encouragement" Tom has now achieved the success of Chartership."

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NEWS UPDATE       15/05/2020

Marches Biogas Continuing to Work Through Covid-19

Firstly, we would like to wish everyone safe and well during these unprecedented times we are currently facing. The offices here at Marches Biogas continue to remain open with limited staff whilst most where possible are working from home.

We want to reassure all our clients that we are still fully functioning as a business and are continuing to fulfil our support contract agreements during these times. With the wonders of modern-day technology Marches Biogas continue to carry out day to day business discussions and company meetings via Microsoft Teams and Zoom!

Our support team consisting of Mechanical, Electrical, Biological and Environmental are all continuing to provide the highest level of support to clients including routine sampling and analysis, mechanical maintenance, quarterly waste return submissions along with the continued emergency on call support. Our engineers are also undertaking a variety of maintenance and statutory work on sewage treatment works across the country. 

During these difficult times it has been brought to our attention that some sites are struggling to meet the requirements of their Environmental Permit, in particular, remaining compliant with the need for a Technically Competent Person(s). Marches Biogas offers WAMITAB Level 4 Competent Person cover to AD facilities and has a good relationship with the Environment Agency which has enabled us to establish the most appropriate measures to remain compliant with the sites permit requirements while adhering to government guidelines. If you would like any further information regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

As some of you may be aware there have been discussions between the Industry bodies (REA & ADBA) and the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) following the ESO notification that  due to a 20% drop in the demand for energy the ESO may instruct a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to disconnect embedded generators connected to its system in an emergency situation.  ADBA and REA had set out a comprehensive argument for the ongoing operation of AD plants which in turn has received a response from the National Grid ESO clarifying that the recently approved power to disconnect embedded generators would not be used except in exceptional circumstances and following the exhaustion of all other options. The response letter has been included in the links below.

Did you know that over the past 21 consecutive days the UK hasn’t needed to use coal for energy production and that is because the key industries, including AD, continue to operate the essential services such as producing renewable energy, continued sewage treatment and supporting the disposal of food waste.

Below is a list of useful links which we think maybe of interests to you regarding COVID-19 and industry news;

ADBA Covid-19 Industry Bulletin (member login required)

REA Covid-19 Business Continuity

WISH-Covid-19 and Waste Management Activities

EA Regulatory Response to Covid-19

National Grid ESO - Last Resort Disconnection of Embedded Generation

Lastly, from everyone at Marches Biogas we would like to say a big thanks to Key Industry workers and please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can help you with in the operation of your AD facility.  

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cOVID-19             17/03/2020

Marches Biogas: Keeping calm and carrying on

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, Marches Biogas has assessed the various risks presented both to our staff and the wider community. It is absolutely our intent to carry on “business as usual”, but with a few changes to help prevent the potential spread of the virus amongst our workforce, and reduce the risk of transmission associated with people and organisations who we work with.

The office here at Marches Biogas will remain open, however we will be encouraging staff to work from home where possible. This will just mean that if you ring us up, we may need to call you back rather than transferring directly.

Our engineers will still come to site to carry out service, survey and maintenance works and scheduled engineering works will still be carried out. If our staff visit your site, we will be maintaining appropriate distancing, and observing good hygiene practices. This may mean that we report back to you by phone call or written report rather than discussing at length face to face.

All other work will continue including report writing, design work and assembling proposals. Our 24/7 helpline will stay open and Engineers will remain available to assist with accidents, incidents and emergencies.

If your site has alternative arrangements (for signing in etc.) compared to normal, please ensure that we are made aware of these prior to arrival on site, and we shall be sure to comply with these.

Due to reduced client and supplier meetings and postponement of non-critical training Marches Biogas will be in a position to undertake additional site surveys and studies. If you have any thoughts of how Marches Biogas can help you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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 PRESS RELEASE          04/03/2020

Marches Biogas is delighted to announce the successful completion of a management buyout.

It's business as usual at Marches Biogas following the recent changes to overall ownership of the business. Key to the recent changes is Russell Mulliner's continued input into the business he proudly created almost 11 years ago. Russell has stepped down as Managing Director and now has the new title of Technical Advisor, a role in reality he has also been undertaking since the inception of Marches Biogas in 2009. Russell has said that "I am extremely proud of Marches Biogas and am delighted to see its future in safe hands. This is a fabulous opportunity for the new management team and the staff, who as part of the transaction all received shares within the new company structure".

Overall ownership of Marches Biogas is now held by the two divisional directors Mark Pugh and Keith Knight, new Company Secretary Gareth York as well as all Marches Biogas members of staff who also now have a share of the business.

The original management team of Russell Mulliner and Phil Dobson, along with the other existing shareholders, have assisted in the funding of the management buyout by deferring payments due as part of the purchase which will be repaid over time.

The existing two operating divisions of Principal Biogas and Evolution Biogas will be amalgamated back into the one original business. To this end the Marches Biogas branding has been refreshed on all Company emails, documentation, merchandise and even the new van fleet. The Marches Biogas website has also been updated to reflect the combined scope of work undertaken by the two operational teams.

If you want to discuss any points of clarity or concerns you may have please don’t hesitate to contact Keith or Mark at Marches Biogas on 03332 079991.