Plans are moving forwards for a £200mn Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) after Agile Energy submitted an application notice for its Inverurie Energy Park.
The Aberdeen-based firm is proposing to develop a world-leading low carbon energy park at Kirkwood Commercial Park, with the ERF being the main catalyst for the project. Under the proposals, the ERF will receive mostly business and commercial waste, exporting 20MW of electricity. It will have the potential to supply close to 80MW of heat through a district heat network and distribution of heat batteries. Agile Energy is also planning to deliver the heat to a community-owned energy company, tasked with delivering the heat to consumers at a price competitive with natural gas.
With the Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) submitted to Aberdeenshire Council, a comprehensive public consultation programme is now set to start with a first round taking place in December. Agile Energy will submit a planning application to the council in the first quarter of 2020.
Alf Robertson, Managing Director, said: “As the first phase of our vision to develop a world-leading, low carbon energy park, the Energy Recovery Facility is a vital component and the main catalyst for achieving this. By utilising proven, energy from waste technology, we can create new business and employment opportunities in the North East, whilst playing an important and strategic role in helping to address the Scottish Government’s forthcoming ban on the landfilling of biodegradable waste.”