Viridor to build MBT, AD and gasification 'super-hub' in Glasgow

Viridor is set to develop a £150m 'zero waste hub' for Glasgow City Council to treat and dispose of its residual rubbish.

As part of the project, which aims to help the city divert 90% of its municipal waste from landfill, a mechanical biological treatment facility (MBT), anaerobic digestion (AD) and gasification solution facility will be built.

It is thought that the hub, which will have a total treatment capacity of 200,000 tonnes per annum, will enable the council to boost its municipal recycling rates and achieve a net carbon saving of about 89,457 tonnes a year.

Commenting on the project, Viridor regional director Colin Paterson said it "marks another key milestone" in its programme to put Scottish zero waste policy into practice and follows overall investment of up to £800m in vital infrastructure.

The contract follows Viridor's £200m energy-from-waste facility in East Lothian, a 25-year procurement contract for South Lanarkshire and a £10m investment at its Bargeddie advanced recycling hub.

Paterson added: "Importantly, the project is a vital boost for the construction sector and, as part of an ambitious community benefit clause, will deliver green jobs with growth opportunities, tenders for small business and social enterprises and an ambitious education programme across city schools.

"Our focus is to help Glasgow achieve its ambitions for the city and its people. We stand ready to work towards a financial close on the project and, as with councils across the UK, further drive sustainability and zero waste objectives for their communities."

Financial close is expected in May 2012, with a construction start date of April 2013. It is anticipated the facility will be operational by December 2015.

Carys Matthews


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