Construction begins on Paprec Energies Binn’s EfW plant

French-based Paprec and Binn Group, a large independent waste management company in Scotland, have collaborated to begin work on a new Energy from Waste (EfW) facility.

The two companies hope the EfW plant will provide low carbon energy to local industries, with construction alone set to create 200 jobs.

Located at the Binn Eco Park in Tayside, Scotland, the facility will cost €120m, funded by Paprec, and built, owned and operated by Paprec Energies Binn – the joint venture between the French firm and Binn Group.

The facility intends to reduce carbon emissions from the management of residual waste, as well as provide low carbon energy for the local community. The venture has been designed for the processing of up to 85,000 tonnes of residual waste each year and generate up to 8 MW of electricity.

The plant is said to have the capacity to generate up to 17MW of heat annually.

Paprec Energies will combine its design with the combustion technology developed by its technological partner, Martin. The heat and power are said to form a core component of the private energy system driving the Binn Eco Park development.

The new EfW will enable Paprec Energies Binn to provide a renewable and stable electricity or heat source to businesses and other energy users. Half of the feedstock will come from residual waste produced within surrounding local authorities, as part of a 15-year contract awarded to Paprec by Perth and Kinross council last year.

Along with the 200 jobs created for its construction phase, the new EfW will also generate 30 long-term skilled posts once the facility is operational in early 2026. 60% of the civil works are being managed by local companies.

Sebastien Petithuguenin (right) and Allan MacGregor

‘A cleaner solution’

Sebastien Petithuguenin, CEO of Paprec Energies, said: “The construction of the EfW facility is part of a significant investment which builds on the strong working partnership between Paprec and Binn Group, focused on innovating to meet key environmental challenges and decarbonise the economy.”

Allan MacGregor, Binn Group CEO, said: “This new facility will be crucial in creating a cleaner solution for managing non-recyclable waste enabling businesses and local authorities to meet their legal obligations, as Scotland continues its transition away from landfill waste in advance of next year’s landfill ban. It will also create a clean source of energy which will benefit local businesses and our wider community.”

Perth and Kinross council leader, Grant Laing, said: “As a council, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging our residents to recycle as much as possible. However, there is some waste that cannot be recycled. Rather than sending this to landfill, this energy to waste system will create heat and electricity while reducing carbon emissions.”

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