Planning permission for Covanta Energy to develop its first energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Scotland has been granted.
The Airdrie North Facility is to be located in Drumshangie, North Lanarkshire, and will be built, owned and operated by Covanta.
The plant will operate as a combined heat and power facility. It will generate 24MW of electricity to be exported to the national grid and a further 23MW of thermal energy for use in district heating or chilling to support co-located businesses close by.
This combined output is enough to provide approximately 80,000 homes with renewable energy. It also meets the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s efficiency guidelines and emissions targets set by European and national regulations.
Airdrie North is in line with Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan because it will help to divert waste from landfill as well as generating renewable energy.
Once operational, the facility will employ up to 60 people in a range of roles and the construction of the plant is estimated to create around 400 jobs.
Covanta Energy managing director Malcolm Chilton said: “This is our first project in Scotland and will provide an important part of the region’s waste management and renewable power infrastructure.
“It provides a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution for the proportion of the area’s waste which cannot sensibly be recycled and which has, up until now, been sent to landfill.”
Construction is expected to commence in autumn 2011, with the site becoming operational in early 2015.