A group of councils in north Scotland has kicked off the search for a contractor to build a £150m energy-from-waste plant.
Aberdeen City Council, working with Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council, published a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union for the design, build and operation of a facility to process an estimated 150,000 tonnes a year of municipal refuse.
The 23-year contract is expected to include a three-year construction period.
Planning permission was granted, with conditions, for the East Tullos plant in October 2016.
Aberdeen council said the facility would help the city to comply with national regulations that ban Scottish councils from putting biodegradable municipal waste into landfill from 1 January 2021.
Contractors have until 20 March to express an interest in the contract. Up to five companies are expected to be shortlisted in May.
Announcing planning approval in October 2016, Aberdeen council said 20 staff will eventually manage the facility while the site construction will employ around 200 workers. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2019 and will mirror similar projects in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.
Aberdeen council is also preparing to open a MRF this spring.
This article first appeared in Construction News.