FCC secures funding for Edinburgh energy plant

WCN Editorial Team 11 Oct 2016 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

FCC has secured funding for the construction of a £142M energy-from-waste facility at Millerhill in Midlothian, near Edinburgh, Scotland.

The project has received a commitment of £28M in debt funding from the UK’s Green Investment Bank (GIB).

GIB head of investment banking Ed Northam said: “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.”

The 14.1MW plant is expected to treat up to 155,000t of waste annually, which will be mainly sourced from local residences. The waste will also be pre-screened in a mechanical treatment facility to remove recyclable material before entering the energy recovery process.

The plant will generate about 94,000MWh of electricity a year, and is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 30,000t.
At the same time, the facility will also be combined heat and power-ready that will allow it to supply excess heat from its operations to nearby homes and businesses.

The project is expected to lead to the creation of up to 350 jobs during the construction phase, and another 40 operational jobs after the project is wrapped up in 2019.

Edinburgh Council environment convenor Lesley Hinds said: “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.”

The plant will be designed, built and operated by Spanish-owned FCC Environment (UK), while Hitachi Zosen Inova will serve as the EPC contractor.

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