FCC Environment started its non-recyclable waste incineration operations at the Millerhill energy recovery and recycling centre in November, serving the communities of Edinburgh and Midlothian. The turbine was synchronised during December, and the first punctual energy export was carried out. These operations should be regularised at the beginning of the year.
The commissioning team will continue to provide support to the operation and maintenance team of FCC Environment, which is expected to work in shifts in due course.
The Millerhill Recycling and Energy Recovery Centre, with an investment of £142 million, is being developed by FCC Environment, which signed a contract in October 2016 to build and manage the plant over a 25-year period. FCC Environment has contracted the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) function with a Temporary Joint Venture formed by FCC Medio Ambiente S.A. and Hitachi Zosen Inova.
The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2019. It will have the capacity to treat approximately 135,000 tons of household waste and 20,000 tons of commercial and industrial waste per year. This will generate enough electricity to meet the energy demands of approximately 32,000 households.