Three Scottish councils join forces to build Energy-From-Waste plant

Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray councils have entered into an Inter Authority Agreement (IAA) to build a new £150m joint Energy-From-Waste plant.

Aberdeen city councilors voted last week to enter into the first stage of the agreement, following similar recent approvals by Aberdeenshire and Moray councils.

The planned development on a derelict industrial site at East Tullos would process non-recyclable municipal waste from across the North-East area.

A key feature of the new plant is the generation of heat and power, essentially developing a waste-fuelled power station to provide secure, low-cost energy to households, businesses and council facilities.

In addition to agreeing to enter into the IAA, councillors also agreed to appoint three council members to sit on the Energy from Waste Elected Members Engagement Group.

Aberdeen City Council's Zero Waste Convener, Councillor Jean Morrison, said: "The legal agreement between the three partner authorities is a welcome and significant step forward for the Energy from Waste project.

"This will provide a long-term solution for all three councils, reducing the cost of sending waste to landfill and meeting national legislative obligations under the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 for a ban on organic waste going to landfill after 2020.

"This project will also provide real benefits to the local community by producing low-cost energy to heat homes and businesses and help to alleviate fuel poverty."

The site at Greenbank Crescent, East Tullos, is identified as a waste management site in the proposed Aberdeen Local Development Plan.

The planned capacity for the facility is approximately 150,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government and energy issues