Dundee and Angus councils of Scotland have finalised a deal to invest £100m to build a new energy from waste (EfW) facility, replacing the current Baldovie incinerator.
MVV, which won the bid, will build and operate a new EfW facility near the existing Dundee Energy Recycling-run plant on Forties Road, which it will replace.
The project will protect 37 operational jobs at the facility and 70 indirect jobs, besides supporting up to 300 jobs during the construction period.
The combined heat and power (CHP) produced by the new facility will be used by the Michelin plant and surplus heat can be used within the local residential area.
With a capacity of 110,000 tonnes per annum, the new plant will be able to treat all residual waste from the two partner councils.
The new facility is expected to be completed in three years.
Angus Council’s Leader Councillor Bob Myles said: “This project has taken some five years of hard partnership work and has reached a successful conclusion.
“Being in a position where we, Dundee and Angus Councils, are meeting our targets of no residual waste going to landfill, in advance of the 2020 target, shows our commitment to the environment, to making best use of waste material, and good partnership working.”
Dundee City Council Leader Councillor John Alexander said: “This is a huge step for the future of waste disposal for both Dundee and Angus and represents another ambitious investment in our local economy. This plant will help our city’s impressive Michelin factory as they drive their business forward with innovation and expansion to safeguard jobs and create new opportunities.
“We are working with two major European companies in the form of MVV and Michelin and this shows how strong industrial partnership work, including Dundeecom is already bringing economic benefits to the city.”
MVV managing director Paul Carey said: “MVV is very happy to have reached this point in the project; for us now, begins the work of running an efficient facility, building a new EfW plant, and being a good neighbour in the community.”