Viridor to Go-Ahead with 30 MW Waste to Energy Project in Scotland

Waste and recycling firm Viridor is to proceed with its planned 177 million waste to energy combined heat and power facility in East Lothian, Scotland.

Waste and recycling firm Viridor is to proceed with its planned £177 million waste to energy facility in East Lothian, Scotland.

The company explained that the facility, to be located at its existing rail linked Oxwellmains waste treatment hub, secured planning consent for the site from Scottish Ministers in December 2010, and approval from SEPA in 2011, made the decision to proceed following the discharge of planning conditions and funding approval from parent company, Pennon Group (LSE: PNN).

The plant will use a combination of moving grate combustion technology, anaerobic digestion and recycling technologies, and will generate 30 MW of energy from waste which it will supply direct to the grid as well as up to 10 MW of heat which will be available for local use.

According to Viridor, in tandem with its investment in a £125 million Scottish network of recycling-led infrastructure, the project will deliver a 300,000 tonnes per annum Energy Recovery Facility which will divert post-recycled residual waste from landfill and contribute to Scottish energy security. It brings company's the total in Scottish waste infrastructure over the past 18 months to £357 million.

Following a 36 month build programme, the facility is due for completion in December 2017.  In operation the ERF will support 55 full-time jobs, boosting the East Lothian economy by £10 million each year.

“The Scottish Government has always made it clear that there can be a role for energy recovery from the limited amount of residual waste as landfill is phased out,” commented Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment.

“This sits alongside our internationally ambitious targets for waste prevention and recycling as part of a suite of measures to make Scotland a greener, cleaner place to live,” he continued.

Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt. Hon. Alistair Carmichael MP, added: “The UK Government’s plan for energy is to power growth and jobs as we build clean, secure electricity infrastructure for the future.  This centre fits the bill and will help Scotland fulfil its enormous green energy potential.”

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