The Revised Proposals

Revised proposals were submitted to East Lothian Council on Tuesday 13 May 2008 following a thorough review of the original application and a significant reduction in the size of the proposed facility.

The proposals were amended in light of emerging Scottish Government guidance, the local Area Waste Plan and comments from the local community.

Viridor is now looking to serve East and Mid Lothian and Edinburgh as the three local authorities in closest proximity to Oxwellmains, plus its commercial regional market with a total capacity of 300,000 tonnes a year.  Of this 150,000 tonnes will be residual Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).  The remainder will be residual commercial and industrial (C&I) waste.

The proposed facility will comprise a main building, with an administration, visitor and education building to the south of it.  Scale, form and materials have been considered as part of the architectural design of the facility.

The size of the buildings reflects the scale of nearby existing industrial structures (the neighbouring Lafarge cement works and Torness Nuclear Power Station).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CGI of EfW facility - click on the image and a larger version will appear in a new windo

The facility as now proposed would have two process lines rather than three, each dealing with 150,000 tonnes of waste a year. One line would deal with residual MSW; the other would be for residual C&I waste.

The main building has been reduced in size and would be approximately 151.3m in length and 54.8m wide. The turbine hall (the tallest part of the building) would be 47m high.  The building will also house the waste reception hall, a refuse bunker, a flue gas cleaning building and the aerocondensor.

The 80m stack will still be smaller than the neighbouring cement works stack. The main building is positioned within the northern part of the proposal site, sunken into the landscape to reduce its visual impact.

Site plan - click on the image and a larger version will appear in a new window

The facility will generate over 25MW of electricity and has the potential to provide heat to a number of local businesses. Approximately half of the waste will travel to the site by rail, reducing the reliance on the local road network and associated congestion and vehicle emissions.

It cannot be stressed too strongly that the proposed EfW facility will only process residual wastes from which the recyclable materials have been removed. 

Through careful monitoring and feedback of information on the waste received, Viridor will help its local authority customers to continually promote and boost recycling.

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