Contract awarded for £177M energy recovery facility build


An artist's impression of the new facility. Image courtesy of Virador

A joint venture comprising Interserve and Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S has been awarded a contract by Virador to build a £177M energy recovery facility at the client’s existing Oxwellmains waste treatment hub in East Lothian, Scotland.


The project will create at least 350 jobs during construction, including a range of professional, skilled, entry level roles and apprenticeships.


Under its EPC (Engineer Procure Construct) contract the joint venture will carry out a

36 month building programme, which is due to complete in December 2017. Once operational the energy recovery facility will support 55 full time jobs, boosting the East Lothian economy by £10M each year.


Interserve Construction managing director Ian Renhard said: “We are pleased that our continued work with our partners Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S and Viridor on another energy recovery facility will not only assist UK environmental targets, but also support the local economy and local employment in Dunbar.”


The site will generate 30MW of base load renewable energy direct to the grid – the equivalent of 39 wind turbines – which is enough to power 39,000 homes continuously. The facility will also offer up to 10MW of heat for local use.


Scottish Cabinet Secretary for rural affairs, food and environment Richard Lochhead said: “This is a significant investment, which will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill while generating energy to the grid.


“The Scottish Government has always made it clear that there can be a role for energy recovery from the limited amount of residual waste as landfill is phased out. This sits alongside our internationally ambitious targets for waste prevention and recycling as part of a suite of measures to make Scotland a greener, cleaner place to live.”