Councils agree preferred bidder for Aberdeen Energy from Waste plant

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
An artist's impression of the Aberdeen EfW plant

Three Scottish councils have confirmed their preferred bidder to build and operate an £150m Energy from Waste site in Aberdeen.

Following a two-year procurement process, a consortium led by global construction company Acciona has been chosen by the NESS Energy Project team.

Acciona will lead the project using its in-house team to build the plant, with waste company Indaver operating the plant for a 20-year contract.

Indaver currently owns and operates EfW facilities in Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The EfW plant will take 150,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste per year from Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray Councils, with energy produced sent to a district heating network.

The plant is due to be built in 2022 in the East Tullos area of Aberdeen following planning permission granted in October 2016.

Aberdeen City Council environmental spokesperson Philip Bell said: “This facility is integral to Aberdeen City Council's plans for waste management alongside significant investment in waste reduction and recycling.

“At present, our residual waste is shipped abroad with others benefitting from the energy produced. This facility gives us control of that energy with the heat produced feeding a local district heating scheme which will contribute to the alleviation of fuel poverty in the city."

From 1st January 2021, Scottish councils will be banned from putting any biodegradable municipal waste into landfill.

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