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Dunbar EfW plant receives final approval

Viridor has received the final go-ahead to build a £177m energy-from-waste in Dunbar in East Lothian, Scotland, praising the country’s “ambitious” waste policy.

The company was granted planning consent from Scottish ministers in 2010, approval by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in 2011 and has now made the decision to proceed after receiving clearance from its parent Pennon Group.

The facility at Viridor’s rail linked Oxwellmains waste treatment centre will process 300,000 tonnes of residual waste per year.

It will generate 30MW of electricity that will be fed to the grid and up to 10MW of heat.

The plant is expected to be built by December 2017. Viridor said it will support 350 jobs during construction and 55 when completed.

Scottish authorities expressed support for the project. “The Scottish Government has always made it clear that there can be a role for energy recovery from the limited amount of residual waste as landfill is phased out,” said Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for rural affairs, food and environment.

The scheme brought the total investment that Viridor has made in Scotland in the past 18 months to £357m.

Ian McAulay, chief executive at Viridor, said: “With an ambitious zero waste agenda focused on waste reduction, reuse, enhanced recycling and recovering energy from what remains, Scotland is realising the value of waste as a resource, rather than something that is simply thrown away. 

“But achieving not only cleaner, greener waste management, but a truly integrated Scottish secondary resource sector embedded in the supply chain will require major investment to translate policy into practice.”

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