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Scotland's largest AD facility granted planning permission

Scotland’s largest anaerobic digestion (AD) facility has been given the green light by West Lothian’s planning committee.

The facility, which will be capable of handling around 105,000 tonnes of waste each year, is the second AD facility in the pipeline claiming to be Scotland’s largest. Plans for another facility in North Ayrshire, financed by energy firm Scottish Southern Energy and Zero Waste Scotland, were announced recently (see MRW story). However, this plant will be able to treat 75,000 tonnes of waste annually.

Led by Banks Developments in partnership with recycling firm Scotwaste, the West Lothian plant will be built as part of a £70m energy-from-waste facility at Pond Green Energy Park, located to the south west of Bathgate. Once built, it will have the capacity to process all of West Lothian’s commercial, industrial and municipal waste – 95,000 tonnes each year.

Banks Property Development managing director Colin Anderson said: “This decision is a landmark in the drive to deliver Scotland’s Zero Waste Strategy.  Pond Green Energy Park provides West Lothian and the wider central belt with a local solution to its own waste, as well as delivering renewable energy to fuel businesses and homes, thereby supporting economic growth. We hope to commence construction during 2011, with the facility coming on line in 2012.”

At full capacity, the energy park will generate enough electricity to power more than 7,000 homes and enough heat to serve the equivalent of 9,000 homes.

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