EFW sites in Scotland

Site Name Operator Site Type Permit Number 2013 Compliance Rating

Lerwick Energy Recovery Plant

Shetland Council

Municipal Waste

PPC/A/1003141

Excellent

DERL

Dundee Energy Recycling Ltd

Municipal Waste

PPC/A/1003157

Broadly compliant

Dargaval Energy from Waste Facility

Scotgen (Dumfries) Ltd

Municipal Waste

PPC/A/1022412

Very poor

This site is no longer operational - a notice revoking the PPC Permit in its entirety was served on Scotgen (Dumfries) Ltd in August 2013. The revocation notice requires the removal of all waste from the permitted installation and the completion of certain works to investigate the potential for pollution over the period of operation and return the site to a satisfactory state. For further details on the reasons for service of the notice - see Site Status Report (V13) pdf link (91kb).

 

Scotgen appealed the revocation notice to the Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals. They withdrew the appeal on 10 February 2014 and the revocation notice is now in effect.

 

Scotgen (Dumfries) Ltd went in to Administration in October 2013; works to ensure compliance with the permit revocation notice are being undertaken by the current site occupiers (on behalf of Scotgen’s Administrators). The site occupiers expect all waste to be removed from site by end of Sept 2014 and SEPA will continue to inspect this site to ensure compliance with the revocation notice until all works are complete and a “Certificate of completion” is issued.

 

The site has been non-operational since the fire in July 2013.

SITA – Binn Farm

SITA UK Ltd

Municipal waste

PPC/A/1036399

Not operational in 2013

Dunbar EfW

Viridor Waste Management Ltd

Municipal waste

PPC/A/1032878

Not operational in 2013

Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre Viridor (Glasgow) Limited  Municipal waste  PPC/A/1110002

Not operational in 2013

Westfield Biomass Plant

EPR Scotland Ltd

Biomass

PPC/A/1003170

Broadly compliant

Caledonian Paper Mill

UPM Kymmene (UK) Ltd

Biomass

PPC/W/0020002

Excellent

Steven’s Croft Power Station

EON (UK) Ltd

Biomass

PPC/A/1011415

Poor

In 2013, the installation experienced an intermittent failure of a flue gas abatement system. Emission limit values were unlikely to have been breached during failure periods. The system failure resulted in a repeated minor breach of relevant permit conditions. The system control and monitoring features have subsequently been modified and further failures have not been evident.

RWE N-Power Renewables

RWE N-Power Renewables (Markinch) Ltd

Biomass

PPC/A/1096556

Good

Cardenden Heat and Power

Utilyx Asset Management Ltd

Biomass

PPC/A/1098992

Not operational in 2013

Dunbar Cement Kiln

Lafarge

 

PPC/E/0020020

Good

Borders general Hospital

Borders NHS Trust

 

Clinical

PPC/E/0020004

Poor

Poor rating for 2013 is due to a site wide power cut on 30 October, which led to the opening of the bypass (so that the hot gases are diverted away from the abatement plant to prevent a fire). Some of the hot gases will still exit via the normal stack and therefore register on the monitoring equipment. A further similar event occurred on 11 December.

 

This is a technical breach of the legislation, however, the environmental impact was minimal each time. The opening of the bypass is a safety requirement to prevent fires; However, under the CAS scheme, more than 1 gross incident in a year, where the bypass opens, and the emissions register above the ELV by more than 2 x the limit, drops the Operator from being classed as 'Good' to being classed as 'Poor' immediately.

 

Because the bypass valve is held closed only whilst electrical power is available, it automatically opens as soon as the power goes off, even if this is only for a fraction of a second, and the whole system will take around 10 mins to reset. Further investigative work into preventative options is required.

Charles River Laboratories

Charles River Laboratories

Clinical (research facility)

PPC/A/1003159

Excellent

Moredun Foundation

Moredun Foundation Clinical (research facility)

PPC/A/1035203

Good
Thermal Plant, Bridge of Weir Scottish Leather Group Tannery waste PPC/A/1017440 Good