13 April 2021 by Robyn White

Construction of Fife EfW plant to begin this summer

Renewable energy developer Brockwell Energy has named  Hitachi Zosen Innova (HZI) as its preferred bidder for the construction of a 240,000 tonne energy from waste (EfW) facility in Fife, Scotland.

The Westfield facility will be based on an old coal mine in Fife

Construction of the Westfield Energy Recovery Facility will begin this summer and is expected to be completed by 2024.

The developer confirmed that HZI will also provide operations and maintenance services under a long-term service agreement.

Representatives from Brockwell Energy and HZI will work over the coming weeks to finalise documents “in preparation for a financial close.”

Brockwell Energy says the facility will be a “cost-efficient residual waste disposal option” for Fife council and other Scottish local authorities that have not yet secured such a disposal route for waste.

Planning permission for the plant was obtained in October 2017.

Cireco

Brockwell Energy confirmed that commercial waste management company Cireco will supply the waste to the facility.

Cireco, previously named Resource Efficient Solutions, currently provides commercial waste services for Fife council, NHS Fife and The University of St Andrews and collects waste from a number of commercial clients across Scotland.

‘Significant milestone’

Neil Young, Brockwell Energy’s technical and operations director, described the procurement of HZI as a “significant milestone” for the project.

“The state of-the-art plant will assist in meeting the Scottish Government’s environmental and legislative targets”

Neil Young, Brockwell Energy

He said: “The fact it’s being undertaken by such a highly experienced and successful construction and operations partner means we can be confident the project will be delivered – and add much needed capacity to the Scottish market.

“The state of-the-art plant will assist in meeting the Scottish Government’s environmental and legislative targets in advance of the Landfill ban being implemented in 2025.”

Earls Gate Energy Centre

The facility will be constructed as a sister plant to the 216,000 tonne Earls Gate Energy Centre in Grangemouth, Falkirk. The £210 million Earls Gate EfW facility is expected to be operational later this year.

Once completed, the Westfield plant will sit alongside Earls Gate and seven other EfW plants in Scotland fuelled by municipal waste.

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