FCC Environment has signed a £450m contract to build and operate an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Scotland.
The firm signed a 25-year deal to manage and dispose of 135,000 tonnes a year of residual waste from Midlothian Council and the City of Edinburgh Council.
It will build the facility, which will also process 20,000 tonnes a year of trade waste, at the councils’ site at Millerhill in Midlothian, just outside Edinburgh.
The plant will generate approximately 11MW of electricity, which will be exported to the National Grid, and could produce up to 20MW of heat, which may be distributed through district heating networks.
Metals will be separated from the residual waste delivered to the facility by mechanical pre-treatment for recycling.
Construction is expected to start immediately and the facility is expected to come online in May 2019. It will create up to 40 operational jobs and employ around 300 people during construction.
FCC was appointed preferred bidder by the councils’ joint venture partnership, Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian, in December 2014 and signed the contract on 6 October 2016.
Chief executive Paul Taylor said: “The project delivers a low-carbon solution focused on landfill diversion, while the partnership will deliver real economic and community benefits from infrastructure to jobs, supply chain opportunities and local community engagement.”
Swiss firm Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) will provide the plant’s technology, the third EfW in the UK on which it has worked with FCC.
Taylor said: “HZI not only has a track record as a supplier of first-class EfW technology, it has also reliably delivered to us, on schedule and within budget.”
Lesley Hinds, environment convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “In Edinburgh we have made great progress to increase the amount of waste we recycle, and this facility will provide a sustainable way of disposing of any waste that can’t be recycled by using it as an energy source.
“The procurement of this project is an example of successful partnership working between the two councils, and will benefit both Edinburgh and Midlothian’s zero waste strategies in the coming years.”
Jim Bryant, Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for economic development, said: “This is another exciting milestone in an innovative project that will turn a derelict, brownfield site into an energy production centre.
“This represents another sizeable infrastructure investment in the Shawfair area.”
The UK Green Investment Bank loaned £28m to the £142m facility. Investec, Siemens Bank and Credit Agricole also lent money.
- Pictured left to right, front row: Volker Wiesendorf (HZI senior sales manager), Paul Taylor, David Lyon (head of service, City of Edinburgh Council) and John Blair (director of resources, Midlothian Council), along with representatives of both councils, FCC and HZI
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