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Buchan Biogas EfW Application


On 17 May 2016 SEPA received an application from Biogas Power (Operations) Limited for an energy from waste plant at their Buchan Biogas, Blackhills site by Peterhead. This activity would be regulated under the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (commonly known as PPC).

The initial four week public consultation on the application started on 21 June 2016. A further consultation will be undertaken by SEPA on any draft permit to operate the facility. The full determination process, including the next steps, is set out below.

SEPA’s role

SEPA is the public body tasked with protecting and reporting on the state of the environment of Scotland. We do this by regulating activities that can cause pollution, by monitoring the quality of Scotland’s air, land and water and by working to enable those we regulate to comply with the legislation.

SEPA has examined the application documents received and is content that there is sufficient information to begin the determination process. If further information is required to complete the process Biogas Power (Operations) Limited will have to provide it.

The determination process

  • Biogas Power (Operations) Limited has placed adverts in the relevant local newspaper(s) and the Edinburgh Gazette. These let the public know that an application has been submitted, where it can be viewed and where they can send relevant comments they would like SEPA to consider.
  • There will then be a four week period, ending on 19 July 2016, for the public to make comments. Representations out with this period can still be made to the contact address or email box detailed below.
  • The application will be sent, by SEPA, to statutory consultees, including the Health Board, Local Authority, Food Standards Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • SEPA has a legal duty to take regard of comments made during the formal 28 day consultation period. SEPA may consider representations made out with the consultation period.
  • If SEPA issues a notice requiring further information it has a duty to make available any further information submitted on the public register and will, in addition, update its website. Although in this application SEPA will consider any relevant representations made by the public about any further information submitted, it will not hold any further formal consultation until it has prepared a draft decision (see below).
  • Written representations will be placed on the public register unless people advised in writing, at the same time as they made the representation, that they wished it to be kept from the register.
  • SEPA has summary information for this application available below.
  • SEPA has four months from the application date to consider the information in the application and any additional information provided during the consultation process. We will then produce a draft decision, which may include a draft permit.
  • A longer period could be agreed with Biogas Power (Operations) Limited, and if additional information is required to complete the decision process the determination time would automatically be extended.
  • Having reviewed the application, SEPA’s draft decision (including any draft permit or draft refusal notice) will follow a further period of public consultation. This will be publicised by SEPA through our Public Participation Directive Consultation page and consultation responses will be considered prior to finalising the determination.

Supporting documents

The application is available below. Electronic copies of the full application are available on disc and can be requested from our Registry team. Due to the size of the full application it cannot be forwarded via email.

Written representations can be made to the postal address below, or by emailing our Registry team at

Paper copies of the full application can be viewed at:

Inverdee House
Baxter Street
AB11 9QA

Tel: 01224 266600
Fax: 01224 896657

Permit application