Work to begin ‘imminently’ on £142m energy from waste plant

Work is set to begin “imminently” on a £142 million energy from waste plant near Edinburgh, after the Midlothian and City of Edinburgh councils signed a 25-year contract with FCC to build and operate the facility.

The 14.1MW plant in Millerhill will have the capacity to process up to 155,000 tonnes of waste annually and is expected to start operating in 2018. The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced it is lending £28 million to the project.

Each year the plant is forecast to generate around 94GWh of electricity and avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. It will also be combined head and power-ready meaning it will be able to supply excess heat from its activities to nearby homes and businesses.

“I am pleased that FCC will now be able to begin work on this state-of-the-art facility,” said environment convener for City of Edinburgh Council Lesley Hinds. “In Edinburgh we have made great progress to increase the amount of waste we recycle and this new facility will provide a sustainable way of disposing of any waste that can’t be recycled by using it as an energy source for locally-generated heat and power.”

Head of investment banking at the GIB Edward Northam said: “We are supportive of steps taken in Scotland to drastically reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. It’s important that materials are re-used and recycled wherever possible, but it’s equally important that infrastructure is developed to increase the amounts of energy recovered from waste that can’t be reprocessed. The Millerhill plant will aid that process greatly and help ensure landfilling in Scotland continue to fall.”

Investec, Siemens Bank and Credit Agricole have also invested in the project