As part of Scotland’s drive to get its energy from 100% renewable sources, authorities have granted planning permission to a new facility.
Owned and operated by Covanta Energy, the Airdrie North Facility will be constructed in Drumshangie, North Lanarkshire and will be the first of its kind in the region, according to an announcement made by the company.
It will generate 47MW and use 23MW of thermal energy for local district heating and chilling to support businesses in the area. The remaining 24MW will be sold back to the National Grid and provide power for around 80,000 households. The company says construction work will generate 400 jobs while the operation plant will create 60 jobs.
Managing director of the energy giant, Malcolm Chilton said that the project marks the first for Covanta in Scotland and will make up an important part of the region’s waste treatment and management as well as provide valuable renewable infrastructure. He added that the move was both cost-efficient and environmentally friendly as a solution to handling non-recyclable waste without sending it to landfill.
Construction is set to begin by fall next year. Operation is scheduled to begin in early 2015.
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.