Binn Group is pleased to announce that we were successful today in obtaining planning consent for our proposed Energy from Waste facility. The planning application for the facility was considered today at Perth & Kinross Council’s Planning and Development Committee with a recommendation for approval and was successful in gaining consent from the members present. This decision marks an important step towards securing the Group’s future long-term residual waste treatment requirements.
As a reminder, the proposed facility will be located within the Binn Ecopark and is intended to process 84,900 tonnes of residual wastes per annum. It will operate using mass burn rolling grate incinerator technology. When in operation the plant should generate around 8.6MW of electricity for use both on-site or via the national grid, as well as heat outputs as hot water or steam for use within the Ecopark or further afield. The project will now move onto the development of contracts for supply of feedstocks; installation of technology; construction of buildings and other supporting infrastructure; as well as securing a PPC Permit from SEPA. Binn Group will be developing the next stage of the project in conjunction with our partners Iona Capital Ltd who would fund the project development.
We anticipate that up to 200 jobs could be created during the construction phase as well as around 30 full-time jobs when the plant is fully operational. We will be working with Iona Capital to conclude agreements by mid-2021 so that we can commence construction later in the year. With expected first wastes being accepted for commissioning of the plant during the latter part of 2023 or early 2024 and in good time for meeting the ban on landfill of biodegradable municipal waste which comes into effect in 2025.
This announcement brings a positive end to a challenging year for all of us, in that there are ambitious projects moving forward to secure the long-term future of our business and the local economy.