20 May 2016 by Will Date

Viridor signs 25-year Clyde Valley residual waste contract

Viridor has signed the £700 million Clyde Valley Residual Waste contract which will see the company handle around 190,000 tonnes of residual waste from five local authorities across Scotland.

The contract was signed with North Lanarkshire Council, as the lead authority on behalf of East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Councils.

Clyde Valley LOW RES

Members of Viridor’s Clyde Valley project team sign the residual waste contract with the five local authorities (front row l-r: Leon Brackstone, Viridor; Paul Ringham, Viridor; Ken Wilson, Clyde Valley Residual Waste Partnership, and; Ian Telford, Clyde Valley Residual Waste Partnership)

Viridor, which was selected as preferred bidder last year, was one of four firms originally shortlisted to tender and participate in detailed dialogue about the contract in 2013. The other three were: Amey Cespa, Balfour Beatty/Urbaser and FCC Waste Services.

Under the terms of the contract, which begins on 1 December 2019, waste will be transported to a £22m treatment facility, which is currently under development at Bargeddie, North Lanarkshire where Viridor will process the material into a refuse derived fuel (RDF).

Refuse derived fuel

The RDF will then be taken to the company’s £177m facility at Dunbar, East Lothian for incineration and energy recovery.

Commenting on the deal, councillor Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “This is an important contract in terms of the scale of waste processing and environmental benefits, but also as the first partnership between Scottish local authorities arising from Sir John Arbuthnott’s review of shared services.

“By working in partnership, we are delivering improved services for residents, best value for tax payers, creating new jobs and recycling more waste which would otherwise go to landfill.”

Paul Ringham, commercial director for Viridor, said: “Viridor’s partnership will transform waste across the Clyde Valley. In addition to best value and driving a low-carbon future focussed on landfill diversion, the partnership will deliver real economic and community benefits. From next-generation infrastructure to jobs, supply-chain opportunities and an innovative education partnership, our team is ready for the work ahead.”


Work on the 300,000 tonnes per year capacity EfW plant at Dunbar began in summer 2015, with the facility expected to be up and running by late 2017 (see letsrecycle.com story).

An artist's impression of Viridor's Dunbar ERF

An artist’s impression of Viridor’s Dunbar ERF

The £177 million plant is the latest energy recovery facility to be built by the company which has its headquarters in Taunton. Viridor is shifting its focus towards energy generation though a network of waste treatment plants at locations including Cardiff, Ardley, Exeter, Runcorn and Colnbrook with a proposed facility planned for south London.

A joint venture consisting of Interserve and Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S is carrying out the Engineer Procure Construct (EPC) contract to develop the plant at Viridor’s existing rail-linked Oxwellmains waste treatment hub. Construction work is being carried out by Interserve.

The plant includes two waste-to-energy boilers, B&W Vølund’s DynaGrate dynamic fuel combustion system, steam turbine and a dry flue gas cleaning system. The consortium also will test and commission the plant.

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