Collaboration brings cost and carbon savings at RAF Marham13 February 2019

RAF Marham, home to the UK’s F-35 multi-role combat jets, is said to have become the first military airbase to be powered by green energy.

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 their 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 said to be sustainable, green and will provide financial savings over grid-imported energy to the airbase. It is expected that there will be an annual saving of up to £0.29 million per year, carbon emissions will be reduced by 14,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, and the plant will increases the power resilience at RAF Marham by providing multiple pathways to electrical resources.

Adam Offord

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