Peel Environment to develop Glasgow energy centre

Artist's impression of the South Clyde Energy Centre.

Peel Environment announced yesterday (11 December), that it has been granted unanimous consent from Glasgow City Council for the first of two planned infrastructure developments in the region.

The £145 million South Clyde Energy Centre (SCEC), at Bogmoor road, will process up to 250,000 tonnes of waste per annum, removing recyclable material such as paper, metal and plastic before processing residual waste to create electricity and refuse derived fuel.

The plant is expected to generate up to 20 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 38,000 homes, of which 55 per cent will be renewable.

This follows a similar decision by West Dunbartonshire Council, who last week granted Peel Environment consent for the 250,000 tonne North Clyde Recycling Centre (NCRC) at Rothesay Dock, Clydebank.

Artist's impression of the North Clyde Recycling Centre.

The NCRC will include a recyclables recovery facility an anaerobic digestion plant and a recyclables sorting facility, which will sort mixed recyclables such as plastic, glass and metals.

It is expected that the SCEC will create a minimum of 49 permanent operational jobs and 350 construction jobs, while the NCRC will create up to 40 permanent jobs and 150 construction jobs. 

Myles Kitcher, Director of Peel Environment, commented: “It is encouraging to see that the proposals have been recognised as opportunities to secure investment and jobs, as well as delivering the much needed infrastructure necessary to move waste away from landfill, maximise levels of recycling and to provide low carbon heat and electricity. 

“We currently have a number of other schemes across the UK, of differing scales and utilising different technologies, all moving through the development process.  We are hopeful that the SCEC and NCRC decisions will mark the start of a series of consents that will rapidly move through construction and in to operation.

“We believe that whilst the current economic climate remains challenging, the overriding economic and environmental benefits of this type of development present an important opportunity across a range of sectors and for local economies.”  

Both centres will also have an on-site Visitor & Education centre for use by the local community and schools.