A consortium, led by construction company Acciona, has been selected to build and operate the £150m NESS energy from waste (EfW) plant for Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council in Scotland.
The consortium has been selected after a two-year procurement process by the NESS Energy Project team.
Acciona will lead the construction of the facility, and after completion of the plant, EfW company Indaver will operate it for a 20-year contract period.
Indaver owns and operates EfW facilities in Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The EfW plant, which will conform to the latest European standards for emissions, will use non-recyclable waste from Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray councils to generate electricity, which will be sent to a district heating network.
The plant is expected to be completed by 2022 in the East Tullos area of Aberdeen. Planning permission was granted in October 2016.
From 1 January 2021, Scottish councils will be banned from putting biodegradable municipal waste into landfill.
The three councils will individually take a final decision on whether to proceed with the project in March 2019.
Each council will be asked to approve the recommendation to award the contract and the inter authority agreement, which defines how the councils will work together, after which the contract will be signed.
Project director Linda Ovens said: “Reaching this point in the procurement is testament to the effort and hard work afforded by the project team and the bidders involved.
“I’m delighted that we have identified a high quality, affordable solution for the Councils and look forward to finalising the details with Acciona over the coming months.
“This is a significant project for the north east and shows what can be achieved when Councils work together.“
The tender notice was issued in 2017 after the three councils decided to work together in 2015 to secure a long-term waste management solution for the north-east.
Acciona official Ramón Jiménez said: “This project is an important milestone for Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, and Moray Councils, as it will provide a more efficient and clean waste management system in line with European emission standards.
“Acciona is committed to sustainability and the development of new clean technologies that contribute to making cities more livable.
“For this reason, we are proud to bring to the region our experience in the development of large-scale waste to energy projects and to contribute to the development of the NESS Energy project.”
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