Plans for a ‘multi-million pound’ energy-from-waste facility in Aberdeenshire have been unveiled by developer Agile Energy.
The Aberdeen-based company has submitted a ‘Proposal of Application Notice’ to Aberdeenshire county council for its planned ‘Inverurie Energy Park’ at the Kirkwood commercial Park in Inverurie, North West of Aberdeen.
The company said it would use “proven energy-from-waste technology” to thermally treat 200,000 tonnes of predominantly business and commercial waste a year.
A proposal of application is required for larger developments before a full planning application is submitted so that consultations with the local community can begin.
Another, separate energy-from-waste facility is planned for Aberdeen to treat household waste under a contract signed in August 2019 between Aberdeen city, Moray and Aberdeenshire councils and a consortium involving waste firm Indaver and construction firm Acciona (see letsrecycle.com story).
Agile said that the Inverurie plant would address a ‘shortfall’ in incineration capacity in Scotland ahead of a forthcoming ban on biodegradable waste to landfill, which was recently delayed from 2021 to 2025 due to a lack of residual waste treatment capacity.
A spokesman for the company told letrecycle.com that the plant would be a merchant facility and therefore as yet had no contracts for feedstock in place.
In a statement, Agile Energy Recovery (Inverurie) Ltd said the plant would remove the need to landfill waste in North East Scotland, while producing around 20MW of electricity and 80MW of heat.
It explained: “The facility will also provide low carbon heat and electricity, allowing local businesses the opportunity to showcase the very best use of these sustainable resources right here in the North East.”
It added: “Crucially, Agile Energy plan to deliver the heat to a community owned energy company which will in turn be empowered to deliver the heat to consumers at a price which will be competitive with natural gas.
Public exhibitions are due to be held in December, allowing interested parties the opportunity to find out more about what is proposed and importantly provide feedback and comment.
“As a combined heat and power plant, this facility will be able to provide local businesses with electricity cheaper than they would otherwise get”
Taking place over three days in Kintore, Inverurie and Port Elphinstone, members of the development team and representatives from Agile Energy will provide further details and be available to answer questions.
Alf Robertson, managing director of Agile Energy said: “As the first phase of our vision to develop a world-leading, low carbon energy park, the Energy Recovery Facility is a vital component and the main catalyst for achieving this. By utilising proven, energy from waste technology, we can create new business and employment opportunities in the North East, whilst playing an important and strategic role in helping to address the Scottish Government’s forthcoming ban on the landfilling of biodegradable waste.”
Agile Energy said it hoped to turn the Inverurie Energy Park into a “world-leading hub for low-carbon energy generation and business operations showcasing the very best use of sustainable technologies”.
And, it said it planned to leverage the EfW to create new business opportunities and employment including district heating, hydrogen production and distribution, advanced horticulture and aquaculture, and carbon capture and utilisation.
Mr Robertson continued: “As a combined heat and power plant, this facility will be able to provide local businesses with electricity cheaper than they would otherwise get from the National Grid. When combined with advantageous heat pricing, this ensures that Inverurie and the North East of Scotland remain competitive against other locations for further investment and job creation.
“Over the coming months, the development team and I look forward to presenting our proposals to the local community, answering questions and importantly gaining local feedback.”
With the first round of public consultation events due to take place in December, the second round will take place in early 2020, with Agile Energy proposing to submit a planning application to Aberdeenshire council in the first quarter of 2020.
Similar proposals were consulted on in 2012 as part of the wider regeneration proposals for the Inverurie Paper Mill site.
Subject to planning, Agile Energy hope that the EfW facility will come online in 2022.