An anaerobic digestion plant will treat the food waste of both the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils following the appointment of Alauna Renewable Energy (ARE) to build the facility.
The company has been selected as preferred bidder by Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian for the 20-year contract to design, finance, construct and operate the facility.
City of Edinburgh Council environment vice convener Jim Orr said: “This is a key part of our long-term strategy to increase recycling in Edinburgh. These state-of-the-art facilities will provide a long-term, value for money treatment solution for food waste collected by both councils with the potential to produce a range of local benefits, particularly green energy.”
ARE managing director Peter Sharpe said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the preferred bidder on such an exciting, innovative and ambitious project. We will now be working hard to complete the final project details with the Zero Waste team so that we can deliver a world-class facility to the partner councils.”
The details of the agreement are now being worked up with the view to signing the contract by the end of the year. If all goes to plan, construction will begin in 2014 with the plant operational by the end of 2015.
ARE is a joint venture between Kelda Water Services and Scottish Water Horizons. Planning permission for a site near Millerhill in Midlothian was granted in December 2011.