Waste will fuel Forth’s Levenseat jobs boost

Groundworks...underway at Levenseat outside Forth
Groundworks...underway at Levenseat outside Forth

AN £111 million project to build a plant to produce energy from waste and a recycling facility is getting underway at Levenseat in Forth.

The recycling and waste plant will be the first of its kind in Scotland.

Backers expect it to create over 150 jobs – more than 100 during the construction and 50 when the site is fully operational in 2017.

It will recycle over a million tonnes of materials including plastics, metals, paper and aggregates over its lifetime.

Those behind the project say it will save around 1.3 million tonnes of CO2e emissions, divert over 1.4 million tonnes of waste from landfill and produce enough electricity to supply the equivalent of almost 18,000 homes over its lifetime.

UK Green Investment Bank PLC and others are backing Levenseat Renewable Energy Limited energy from waste plant and adjacent materials recycling facility (MRF).

It will be the UK’s first plant to combine fluidised bed gasification technology with fuel processed from waste.

And it should all be up and running by June 2017.

It is likely to process household waste from several local authorities and commercial waste from the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas.

“Levenseat is delighted to be delivering a first-of-kind technology to the UK market,” said Peter MacLaren, director of the recycling and waste management company which was founded in 1986.

“This is further evidence of our commitment to developing new environmental and economic solutions for waste management and, with the construction of our new plant together with our wider established facility, we will be delivering Scotland’s largest integrated facility providing treatment and recovery for a wide range of waste materials.

“We look forward to announcing further details of the technology being used and our programme of Community Benefits including opportunities for local recruitment.”