The FCC Group is a global leader in services for cities. The Environmental Services area of the company has been delivering municipal services for more than 100 years and has based its success on a commitment to innovation and helping cities to become smarter, more sustainable and more socially responsible. It currently serves almost 60 M people in nearly 5,000 municipalities in thirteen countries, with a network of more than 200 energy-recovery and recycling plants that process annually 24.5 MT of waste as a resource, including eleven energy-from-waste (EfW) projects with a capacity of more than 3.2 MT and 360 MW of non-fossil electricity.
The Millerhill, Midlothian Energy Recycling and Recovery Centre (RERC), near Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom, was officially opened on last Friday 20th of September. The Millerhill RERC has involved an investment of 142 M£ and has been developed by FCC Environment together with the councils of Edinburgh and Midlothian, through a contract to design, finance, build and manage the plant for a period of 25 years.
The facility is set to help both councils meet the goals of the Scottish Zero Waste government in 2025, by diverting 155,000 T of waste – 135,000 T of household residual waste with a further 20,000 T of household and commercial waste – from landfill each year. The treated waste will generate clean electricity to power 32,000 households and businesses across the region.
The Construction began in October 2016 with the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) role delivered through a joint venture between FCC Environment, FCC Medio Ambiente SA and Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI). The plant has been receiving residual waste for commissioning purposes since October 2018, entering into operation in April 2019.
The official opening event for the site brought the Partner Councils, FCC Environment and other key stakeholders together to celebrate the occasion.