Councils reach milestone in project to build major sustainable energy plant
Thursday October 6th, 2016
The contract to build a state-of-the-art energy-from-waste plant for Edinburgh and Midlothian was signed with environmental services company FCC Medio Ambiente SA.
Environment leaders from the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils joined FCC to finalise the 25-year contract to build and operate the facility at Millerhill, Midlothian.
In December 2014 FCC was named as preferred bidder by the partnership Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian to design, construct, finance and operate the plant. This will be fuelled by waste collected by both councils that would otherwise go to landfill.
The Councils have been supported throughout the procurement by Scottish Futures Trust, a Scottish Government-appointed body, which has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to Zero Waste.
Construction is set to begin imminently, with the plant expected to begin operation in 2018.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said:
“I am pleased that FCC will now be able to begin work on this state-of-the-art facility. In Edinburgh we have made great progress increasing the amount of waste we recycle. 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 procurement of this project is an example of successful partnership working between the two councils, and will benefit both Edinburgh and Midlothian’s zero waste strategies over the coming years.”
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