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GIB approves investment in £111m Scottish EfW plant

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has approved £28.25m funding for a 12.5MWe energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Lanark, Scotland.

The £111m project, which also includes the construction of an adjacent MRF, will recycle more than one million tonnes of materials including plastics, metals, paper and aggregates during its lifetime.

It is expected that the MRF will become operational in January 2017, with the complete plant starting operations later that year in June.

The EfW plant is unique to the UK because it combines fluidised bed gasification technology and refuse-derived fuel.

The electricity produced from the facility will go to the national grid, while the heat generated will be used to assist the operation of the MRF.

It is expected that the facility will take household waste from several local authorities and commercial waste from the Glasgow and Edinburgh regions.

The money originated from the GIB’s UK Waste & Resource & Energy Investments fund which is managed by Foresight. M+W Group has been appointed as the main contractor.

The project is also backed by equity investment from Levenseat and senior debt from Investec Bank.

GIB chief Shaun Kingsbury said: “This first-of-kind project is the latest innovative example of how the UK is modernising its waste management infrastructure.”

Readers' comments (3)

  • Looks like someone simply copied and pasted uncritically from a press release.

    Readers of MRW may also be interested in the widespread criticism of the GIB, as reported elsewhere, e.g. The Scotsman article at:

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  • Shlomo - we try not to be too defensive when criticised in this way but please see Magazine readers will see these side by side in the next issue

  • It is good to see MRW publishing views that are more critical of incineration. As a reader of MRW, I appreciate it when multiple angles to a story are covered to allow for a more balanced view of the issues.

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  • Scotland requires all local authorities to implement kerbside recycling programmes and all businesses to segregate, at source, materials such as paper, card, plastics and metals. The national combined target for recycling is 70%. This plant clearly states it will have an associated MRF which will recycle material from the mixed waste received at the facility. It should be noted it is not funded by PFI. The energy conversion part of the facility must achieve high levels of energy use by demonstrating how heat will be used. Unless we want a zero waste plus landfill strategy (and a significant element of landfill at that) it's difficult to see how we manage the non recyclable element of waste otherwise. The various suggestions that such plants will impede recycling are false in a Scottish context, where pre-segregation is mandated. It's an out of date argument. The GIB funds many different types of projects and is an easy target for the anti anything but recycling lobby. Go and see some residual waste and tell me we can recycle it all. It's an indulgence for a few well intentioned activists that think a perfect world is possible. Perfection being the enemy of the good I'd hold that recovering energy form non recyclable waste is the only viable alternative to landfill and knocking any alternative technologies based on one previous failure would have left us all living in the middle ages.

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