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FCC bags £450m deal for Scottish energy-from-waste plant

Spanish contractor FCC has signed a £450m contract to build and operate an energy-from-waste plant in Scotland.

The contract will cover the construction of the £142m facility at the Midlothian Council’s site at Millerhill just outside of Edinburgh.

It also covers a 25-year deal to manage and dispose of 135,000 tonnes of waste a year for Midlothian Council and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Construction is expected to start immediately and the facility is set to come online in May 2019. It will employ around 300 people during construction.

Swiss firm Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) will provide the plant’s technology, the third EfW in the UK on which it has worked with FCC.

The contract has been signed after the state-owned Green Investment Bank committed £28m to help get the project started.

FCC was appointed preferred bidder by the councils’ joint venture partnership, Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian, in December 2014 and signed the contract in October 2016.

FCC chief executive Paul Taylor said: “The project delivers a low-carbon solution focused on landfill diversion, while the partnership will deliver real economic and community benefits from infrastructure to jobs, supply chain opportunities and local community engagement.

“HZI not only has a track record as a supplier of first-class EfW technology, it has also reliably delivered to us, on schedule and within budget.”

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for economic development Jim Bryant said: “This is another exciting milestone in an innovative project that will turn a derelict, brownfield site into an energy production centre.

“This represents another sizeable infrastructure investment in the Shawfair area.”

This articled first appeared in Construction News’ sister title Materials Recycling World

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