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Dunbar ERF contract signed

22nd December 2014

Recycling, resources and waste management company Viridor, has signed a three year deal with a consortium of the two major contractors to build a ‘next generation’ Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) just weeks after announcing that work would proceed on the £177m project at Dunbar in East Lothian.

Technology specialists Babcock & Wilcox Vølund (BWV) and Construction giant Interserve were appointed as preferred partners in a competitive bid process continuing the working relationship established at Viridor’s Peterborough ERF.

Colin Paterson, Scottish Regional Managing Director at Viridor said:

“We’ve worked with both BWV and Interserve before so we know that they’re up to the job. Now that they’re on board and all plans have been approved, we can take the next steps. We will give their teams possession of the site in Dunbar in early February 2015.

“This deal will see us jointly support at least 350 skilled and semi-skilled workers throughout the three year construction phase. After completion in 2017 the new ERF will support 55 full-time jobs, supporting the East Lothian economy by £10m per year so the sooner we get started, the better for us and the local economy.”

The ERF will be based at Viridor’s existing rail-linked Oxwellmains waste treatment hub in Dunbar, and forms part of a total of £357m of investment made by the company during the last 18 months.

Integral to Scotland’s ambitions to deliver a zero waste circular economy, the site will generate 30MW of base-load renewable energy direct to the grid, enough to power 39,000 homes.

The decision to take the steps to the construction phase was made after East Lothian Council discharged planning conditions and Viridor’s parent company, Pennon Group approved funding.

John Veje Olesen, Managing Director of BWV said:

“The fact that Viridor has selected us to build at Dunbar shows that they have confidence in us.

“The continued advancements we are making to our technology and the benefits this brings to our clients is incredibly important – we deliver quality high performance plants on time and on budget. We already have a good working relationship with the Viridor team and understand their strategic vision so we’re ready to hit the ground running.”

Ian Renhard, Managing Director of Interserve Construction said:

“Interserve is committed to bringing better to life by achieving sustainable outcomes for the communities in which we work. We are pleased that our continued work with our partners Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S and Viridor on another Energy Recovery Facility will not only assist UK environmental targets, but also supports the local economy and local employment in Dunbar.”

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