Our processes are Profitable, Clean & Sustainable Changing Liabilities (Waste) to Assets (Energy - Ethanol)

The Maltings Organic Treatment Facility

South Milford, West Yorkshire

Genesyst UK Ltd has an agreement with the Yorkshire waste and recycling experts, Mytum and Selby Waste Recycling Ltd, to jointly develop the 475,000 tonnes of waste per annum biofuels refinery facility at the South Milford site.

The site, already operating as a waste processing and composting facility will be enhanced by the addition of the biofuels refinery unit.

Under the agreement, Genesyst UK Ltd has substantial responsibility for financing, project management, quality control and technical delivery of the ethanol project.  M&S has responsibility for all waste provision, and conversion to appropriate feedstock, local licensing and permitting requirements, now substantially complete, and as the land owners for planning and logistics.

This project is innovative in the production of green energy. It will be the first project of its kind in the UK. During the construction phase it will create ca.300 (fte) jobs, following commissioning there will be ca.100 new permanent operational jobs created. It involves the use of a brown-field site with potential rail connections enabling the ease of transportation both for feedstock and output. In short this project is highly sustainable and will produce significant environmental benefits. 


The South Milford site has been permitted to carry out the manufacture of alcohol under the industrial process within Class B2 of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987.  This is recorded under decision number C8/57/130C/PA issued by North Yorkshire County Council.

Outline Planning Permission has been granted, with Final Planning Permission awaiting detailed plans due after initial funding is secured.

Project Development Strategy

The first stage of the site development started in late 2009 and on completion of The Maltings Organic Treatment Facility in January 2011, it enabled Mytum and Selby to receive up to 70,000 tonnes (wet mass) per annum of residual biomass at the site and convert it to around 30,000 tonnes per annum of “compost.”  In 2012, that waste stream was increased to 135,000 tonnes pa.

The Genesyst UK Ltd plant will occupy an adjacent position on site to the “composting” facility, allowing for the progressive transfer of biomass (which is undergoing preliminary processing prior to manufacturing “compost”) to this section of the site.

The existing pre-treatment processing of the Biomass used to produce ”compost” uses procedures similar to that required for the conversion of biomass to Bioethanol. For composting the biomass is shredded dry, and blended prior to a dry composting procedure: in the Genesyst process the biomass is also shredded, but blended in water. 

Genesyst UK Ltd.’s business plan envisages a 2-stage build. The 1st stage will comprise a single full-size GPV. Construction would be timed to commence by Q3 to Q4 2013, with completion taking 9 months. The commissioning of Stage 1 would follow a short period for trialing and testing of feedstocks and sugar outputs. Stage 2 would commence immediately following stage 1 commissioning with an accelerated build of the on-site fermentation and distillation plant so that Stage 1 can be brought into full operation around Month 18. This will enable the existing contracted feedstock to be processed, producing ca. 21,000,000 litres of Bioethanol per annum and providing a significant income stream during the remainder of the Stage 2 build phase.

Stage 2 completion and commissioning is scheduled for late-2015 / early 2016 (month 30) with production being increased from month 31, and targeted capacity reached a few months later. At this time Genesyst UK Ltd.’s plant at South Milford is targeted to be processing 420,000 wet tonnes of Biomass waste annually with an output of at least 88,000,000 litres of Bioethanol.

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