Environment leaders from the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils have visited FCC Environment’s £142 million waste to energy plant which is cuttently under construction in Millerhill, Midlothian.
It is 15 months since the ground was broken at the site in Millerhill, Midlothian and over this time construction of the new waste to energy plant, which will serve the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian, has reached the halfway stage.
The Millerhill Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre (RERC) is being developed by FCC Environment (UK), which signed a 25-year contract to deliver and operate the plant in October 2016.
FCC said that as part of the deal it has contracted the lead Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) role to a joint venture formed by FCC Medio Ambiente SA and Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI).
The build, which is scheduled to take 30 months, is on a brownfield site which is now barely recognisable as the former Millerhill Marshalling Yard.
The main building has now reached its full height with the first part of the roof structure having been installed at the end of December. Over the last six months a significant amount of specialist equipment has been delivered and installed in the facility.
The plant is set to enter full operation in 2019 and will treat around 135,000 tonnes of household residual waste and a further 20,000 tonnes of commercial waste every year.
Construction will continue through the rest of 2018 and the two Councils are expected to start delivering waste to the facility at the end of the year to allow the important commissioning and testing phase to get underway.
A separate facility, which takes all of the food waste collected by the partner councils, is already in operation on the neighbouring site to the RERC.
It is hoped these new facilities to treat both food and non-recyclable waste, creating renewable energy in the process, will help both authorities contribute to the national recycling target of 70% by 2025 and the national landfill diversion target of 95% by 2025.
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