Canadian specialist to build material recovery plant at Levenseat Renewables’ £110m new Scottish energy from waste facility

 

Jonathan Menard, Machinex Project Director (left), with Neil Bennett, M+W Group Head of Energy Business Unit
Jonathan Menard, Machinex Project Director (left), with Neil Bennett, M+W Group Head of Energy Business Unit

Quebec-based specialist Machinex has been appointed by the global construction company M+W Group to provide a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for Levenseat Renewable Energy’s new £110 million from energy from waste plant in Scotland.

This first-of-kind facility, which is due to be operational in 2017, will make a significant contribution towards Scotland’s zero waste plan.

The 12.5 MWe energy from waste (EfW) plant and adjacent materials recycling facility which is being built at Forth, near Lanark, is the first project of this type in the UK to combine fluidised bed gasification technology and refuse-derived fuel.

The electricity will be supplied to the national grid with the heat output assisting the operation of the recycling facility. It will create more than 100 jobs during the construction phase and support 50 full-time jobs when complete.

 The waste preparation plant designed to process 42 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste per hour, as well as municipal solid waste from councils across the Central Belt.

The Materials Recycling Facility will produce a minimum of 100,000 tonnes per annum of high quality Refused Derived Fuel (RDF) as a feedstock for the Levenseat energy from waste plant, whilst also maximising both the recovery of high value recyclates (such as paper, cardboard, plastics, metals and wood) and the waste diversion from landfill.

A three-dimensional image of the Machinex energy-from-waste plant to be installed at Forth
A three-dimensional image of the Machinex energy-from-waste plant to be installed at Forth

In the 1980s, Machinex became the first company in Canada to design machinery for material recycling facilities. Since then, they have designed and installed more than 350 turnkey facilities in partnership with leading MRFs in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Pierre Paré, Chief Executive, Machinex Group, said: ‘We are delighted to have been selected for this first-of-kind project in Scotland, which represents a significant milestone in our European business development.”

Angus Hamilton, Director, Levenseat Energy, said: “All throughout the tendering process we were impressed with Machinex’s enthusiasm, they listened to and understood our requirements and produced a design that aligned perfectly with what we were aiming to achieve.

“For this project we required a robust yet flexible solution, we found in Machinex an organisation that shared this passion, not afraid to think outside the box.”

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