Viridor signs 25-year Glasgow residual waste contract


A new gasification facility is to be built in Glasgow as part of the 25-year contract signed by Viridor with Glasgow City Council.

The contract requires the recycling and treatment of Glasgow’s residual municipal waste through the financing, construction and operation of a new recycling and renewable energy centre at a site belonging to the council in the south of the city.


Viridor will build advanced facilities for recycling, anaerobic digestion and energy recovery by gasification at the centre.

The contract is subject to Viridor gaining planning permission with an application expected to be made by the end of summer.

A capital investment using Viridor’s own funds of £160 million will be made with Interserve building the facility.

Viridor chief executive Colin Drummond said: “The Glasgow Renewable Energy and Recycling Centre will make a major contribution to Scotland’s ambitious Zero Waste Plan.

“It is a further important step in the roll out of Viridor’s service contract pipeline and represents a key part of Viridor’s growth strategy in Scotland.

“The new plants will have a combined gross electrical power generation capacity of 15MW and Viridor will work with its partner, Glasgow City Council, to maximise heat recovery opportunities.

“The plants are due to come on stream in early 2016. At that time, taking account of existing plants and those under construction, plus the Glasgow Centre, Viridor expects to have around 1.8 million tonnes of thermal treatment capacity and over 250MW of renewable energy capacity.”