The £70 million AD plant will form part of the Pond Green Energy Park development, which is being led by Hamilton-based Banks Developments, in partnership with Scottish recycling firm, Scotwaste. The Park is located south-west of Bathgate.
This decision is a landmark in the drive to deliver Scotland’s Zero Waste Strategy
Colin Anderson, Banks Property Development Ltd
According to Banks Developments, the facility will have a total generating capacity of 4MWe of electricity and 6MWth of heat and be capable of handling around 105,000 tonnes of waste every year. The wider facility, including a significant expansion of the existing Scotwaste recycling operations, is expected to process a further 95,000 tonnes of waste per annum.
At full capacity, the plant will provide enough electricity to power over 7,000 homes and enough heat to serve the equivalent of over 9,000 homes, claims the development company.
Banks has undertaken over two years of local consultation about the plans and claims the application – which was submitted in February 2009 – was fully supported by all members of the West Lothian planning committee and endorsed by Bathgate community council.
Detailed assessment will now commence regarding a potential community heating system for local homes and businesses which Banks claims has been made possible by this decision.
Commenting on the consent, Colin Anderson, managing director of Banks Property Development Limited, said: “This decision is a landmark in the drive to deliver Scotland’s Zero Waste Strategy.
“Pond Green Energy Park provides West Lothian and the wider Central Belt with a local solution to its own waste, as well as delivering renewable energy to fuel businesses and homes, thereby supporting economic growth. We hope to commence construction during 2011, with the facility coming on line in 2012.”