12 February 2020 by Joshua Doherty

FCC to supply heat to Midlothian energy scheme

Heat from FCC Environment’s £142 million Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in Millerhill is to be used as part of a district heating network for a new town being built on the outskirts of Edinburgh. 

And, Midlothian council has named the Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall as preferred bidder to become its energy partner.

The council said that Vattenfall will work with the council to set up an innovative Energy Services Company (ESCo), which will be a 50/50 joint venture and focus on delivering a “wide range of energy projects across the area”.

The Millerhill EfW plant, which was opened in 2019, will supply heat as to one of the projects

The first project will be a district heating network on the outskirts of Edinburgh, which will supply heat to Shawfair Town, a new town being built for 5,000 residents.

This will benefit from heat supplied by FCC Environment from the 155,000 tonnes-per-year capacity Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at Millerhill.

The EfW, which will generate 13MW of electrictiy, is fuelled by waste collected by the local councils of Midlothian, East Lothian and Edinburgh that would otherwise go to landfill.

The £142 million plant was opened “ahead of schedule” in September 2019 (see letsrecycle.com story).


Midlothian council’s cabinet member for economic development, Councillor Russell Imrie said : “We’re very excited to be working with Vattenfall to set up an energy services company for innovative new projects benefitting local residents and businesses in the area and setting us well on our way to a carbon neutral future.

“Working closely on our first project with Shawfair LLP, the local developer, and FCC Environment, our existing Zero Waste Contractor, we look forward to delivering another major pathfinding project for Scotland.”

Midlothian council added that it hopes to sign a 40 year agreement with ESCo to supply heat to the new public buildings to be built at the new Shawfair town.

The new company will negotiate final contracts with its main initial partners, FCC Environment and Shawfair LLP.

FCC will supply the heat and Shawfair LLP will facilitate the connections to new domestic and commercial developments in the town.

Tuomo Hattaka, senior vice president of Vattenfall Heat said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by Midlothian council for this long term energy partnership that puts low carbon, fossil free living front and centre of its ambition. Any organisation or company serious about reaching net zero has low carbon heating at the top of its to do list, and this energy partnership is no different.”


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