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Dunbar ERF


Viridor announced final approval in November 2014 for its £177m energy recovery facility (ERF) at its existing rail linked Dunbar waste treatment hub in East Lothian, Scotland.

The company, which secured planning consent for the site from Scottish Ministers in December 2010, and approval from SEPA in 2011, made the decision to proceed following the discharge of planning conditions and funding approval from parent company, Pennon Group. 

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The facility is integral to the Scottish Government’s ambitions to deliver a zero waste, circular economy which encourages waste reduction, boosts recycling and recovers vital renewable energy from what remains. In tandem with Viridor’s investment in a Scottish £125m network of recycling-led infrastructure, the project will deliver a 300,000 tonnes per annum ERF which will divert post-recycling ‘residual’ waste from landfill and contribute to Scottish energy security.

The site will generate 30MW of base-load renewable energy direct to the grid – the equivalent of 39 wind turbines – enough to continuously power 39,000 homes. What’s more the plant will offer up to 10MW of heat available for local use.

Supporting at least 350 jobs during construction, including a range of professional, skilled, and entry-level roles and apprenticeships, the project will deliver a robust package of community benefits focused on employment and training, support for local business and education through Viridor’s flagship partnership with the Engineering Development Trust.

Following a 36 month build programme, the facility is due for completion in December 2017. In operation the ERF will support 55 full-time jobs, boosting the East Lothian economy by £10 million each year.

Finding Dunbar ERF


Dunbar ERF will be co-located on Viridor's existing rail-linked waste treatment hub at Dunbar, East Lothian.

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