15 Dec 2010 12:12:09
Scottish energy from waste facility granted planning permission
Ministers in Scotland have granted planning permission for Viridor to proceed with the construction of a new energy from waste facility in East Lothian.
The £200 million facility is to be built at Oxwellmains and will be used to convert waste diverted from land fill to generate 17MW of heat and 23MW of electricity, which is enough to power 39,000 homes.
Colin Paterson, Scottish regional director for Viridor, said the planning consent marked a "milestone" on Scotland's journey towards zero waste and described the economic case for such a project as "compelling".
"We're pleased the inquiry reporter recognised SEPA's [Scottish Environment Protection Agency's] view that 'a need case for a plant on this scale has been made' and that 'the proposal is the best practical environmental option for the waste stream'," he said.
By 2025 the Scottish government is aiming for 70 percent of waste to be recycled and just five percent to be sent to landfill.
Up to 150 construction jobs and 47 skilled and professional positions are to be created by the new facility.
The energy from waste plant also has the potential to save taxpayers £165,000 each year through a reduction in exposure to land fill levies.