13 December 2012

Planning granted for 145m Glasgow EfW facility

Glasgow city council has granted planning permission for the construction of a 145 million energy-from-waste facility (EfW) on Bogmoor Road by Peel Environmental.

The approval comes a week after Peel won support for a recycling centre in Clydebank.

Planned South Clyde Energy Centre in Glasgow

Planned South Clyde Energy Centre in Glasgow

The South Clyde Energy Centre) will use waste left after recycling to generate up to 20MW of electricity for the national grid, which is enough to power 38,000 homes, according to the Manchester-based firm.

The development is one of a number of projects being undertaken by Peel Environmental which owns, manages and develops properties in the waste, mineral and environmental technologies sectors and is part of the Peel Group.

The 2.9 ha site will consist of a recyclables recovery facility as well as an energy from waste plant. As much as 55% of the electricity produced by SCEC will be renewable, the developer claims.

A total of 24 objections to the proposed Centre were received by the council, including 18 letters from North Clyde residents, according to the planning committees report.

Concerns were noted in the report regarding odour, proximity of local residents to the site and public health risks from air pollution resulting from the cleaning of flue gases at the site.

However, the councils planning committee report stated: The proposal was considered to be in accordance with the Development Plan and there were no material considerations which outweighed the proposal’s accordance with the Development Plan.

It added: Other material considerations, including the consultation responses and letters of representation, have been considered but do not outweigh the acceptability of the proposal.

Fuel

The South Clyde facility will take up to 250,000 tonnes of residual waste a year from households and businesses and remove recyclable materials before creating a refuse derived fuel (RDF) from the leftover non-recycled waste.

This waste will then get mixed with RDF brought in from other facilities, which has already had recyclable materials removed, and used as a fuel in the energy recovery facility.

A spokeswoman for Peel said that the plant could be operational by the end of 2016.

Around 45 full time jobs are expected to be created when the finished centre opens, as well as 350 jobs during the construction phase. The firm also said a range of modern apprenticeships would be made available to people in Glasgow.

Myles Kitcher, director of Peel Environmental said: It is encouraging to see that the proposals have been recognised as opportunities to secure investment and jobs, as well as delivering the much needed infrastructure necessary to move waste away from landfill, maximise levels of recycling and to provide low carbon heat and electricity.

No contracts are currently in place for the collection of waste to be used at the facility. Discussions are underway with possible backers to help finance the project.

North Clyde Recycling Centre

The successful South Clyde application follows news last week that permission had also been granted for Peels North Clyde Recycling Centre at Rothesay Dock in Clydebank.

The North Clyde project will include a Recyclables Sorting Facility (RSF) where mixed recyclables such as glass, metals and plastic are sorted and will operate alongside a Recyclables Recovery Facility (RRF) and an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plant. Both the north and south Clyde projects have been designed by architect Fletcher Rae UK.

Mr Kitcher said: We currently have a number of other schemes across the UK, of differing scales and utilising different technologies, all moving through the development process. We are hopeful that the South Clyde and North Clyde decisions will mark the start of a series of consents that will rapidly move through construction and in to operation.

He added: We adopt a flexible business model and are keen to work with a range of delivery partners to fund, build and operate such facilities. We believe that whilst the current economic climate remains challenging, the overriding economic and environmental benefits of this type of development present an important opportunity across a range of sectors and for local economies.

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