Acciona wins contract for £371m energy-from-waste facility in Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 13 Aug 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Spanish infrastructure company Acciona has been selected for the construction and operation of a €400m (£371m) Ness Energy Project, a waste-to-energy plant in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The Spanish company will be responsible for the design and turnkey construction, commissioning and the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the facility for 20 years.

The contract value includes the EPC work and the O&M contract for the entire period.

Acciona will rely on the expertise of Indaver, a company involved in waste management for over 25 years for the operation and maintenance of the facilities for the entire duration of the contract.

The Ness Energy Project will have the capacity to treat 150,000 tonnes of waste per year.

The project is expected to provide a long-term, sustainable solution for non-recyclable municipal solid waste that is produced in the city of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, the local councils in north-east Scotland.

A new legislation banning waste going into landfill in Scotland will come into effect from 2021.

The Ness Energy Project will be established on the site of former gas storage on the East Tullos Industrial Estate in Aberdeen.

The facility, which will treat non-recyclable waste in a clean, sustainable and comprehensive way, will generate electricity for the National Grid and heating for households in the Torry district.

The plant will comply with the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations of Scotland.

The regulations of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are based on the controls recently introduced by European directives. SEPA will regulate the facility.

Acciona said that the contract is part of the company’s commitment to projects based on the latest technologies that contribute to sustainability and environment protection.

The company claimed that its experience of projects for generating energy, recovering waste and constructing turnkey energy plants were determining factors in securing the contract.

In 2018, Acciona won a contract to build a waste-to-energy plant in Kwinana in Western Australia. The Kwinana facility is the first large-scale plant of this type in the country and can treat around 400,000 tonnes of waste per year.

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Image: Rendering of the waste-to-energy plant in Aberdeen, Scotland. Photo: Courtesy of ACCIONA.

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