In a departure from normal business, skip and scrap company J Gordon Williamson has obtained planning permission to build a 30,000 tonnes a year capacity energy-from-waste (EfW) plant. The plant will be built at its Elgin waste transfer station, in north east Scotland, and will accept industrial, commercial and municipal waste. It will be a combined heat and power system, capable of generating four megawatts of electricity. The company believes it is the first in the area to receive approval. Waste services manager John Crowley said the facility is expected to be operational in about 18 months and he hopes to offer the plants services to local councils. He said: This is the first energy-from-waste plant to receive planning permission in Aberdeen or north of Aberdeen. It is a revolutionary move for our company, our normal business is skip hire and metal scrap, where the waste is segregated. But once the facility is built we can send it to the Elgin site.