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Interserve Wins Viridor Contract at East Lothian Energy Recovery Facility (ERF)

by Interserve Press Office | Jan 13, 2015

Interserve Wins Viridor Contract at East Lothian Energy Recovery Facility (ERF)A joint venture comprising Interserve and Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S has been awarded an EPC (Engineer Procure Construct) contract by Viridor as part of a planned £177m energy recovery facility (ERF) at Viridor’s existing Oxwellmains waste treatment hub in East Lothian, Scotland. 

The international support services and construction group is to undertake a 36 month build programme, which is due to complete in December 2017. In operation the ERF will support 55 full-time jobs, boosting the East Lothian economy by £10 million each year. 

Ian Renhard, Managing Director of Interserve Construction says: 

“We are pleased that our continued work with our partners Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S and Viridor on another Energy Recovery Facility will not only assist UK environmental targets, but also support the local economy and local employment in Dunbar.” 

The facility is integral to Scotland’s ambitions to deliver a zero waste circular economy, which encourages waste reduction, boosts recycling and recovers vital renewable energy from what remains.  In tandem with Viridor’s investment in a £125m network of recycling-led infrastructure in Scotland, the project will deliver a 300,000 tonnes per annum ERF, which will divert post-recycling ‘residual’ waste from landfill and contribute to Scottish energy security.  

The site will generate 30MW of base-load renewable energy direct to the grid: the equivalent of 39 wind turbines, which is enough to power 39,000 homes continuously.  The plant will also offer up to 10MW of heat for local use. 

Supporting at least 350 jobs during construction, including a range of professional, skilled, entry-level roles and apprenticeships, the project will deliver a range of community benefits focused on employment and training, providing support for local business and education through Viridor’s flagship partnership with the Engineering Development Trust. 

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About ERF 

At an energy recovery facility (ERF), energy is recovered from waste by means of the conversion of non-recyclable waste materials into useable heat, electricity or fuel through a variety of processes. This process is often called waste-to-energy (WTE). 

About Interserve 

Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Our vision is to redefine the future for people and places. Everything we do is shaped by our core values.  We are a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. We are headquartered in the UK and listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenues of £3.4 billion and a workforce of over 80,000 people worldwide.
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About Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S

Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S designs, engineers and supplies advanced biofuel and waste-fired steam generation systems for commercial power, heating and industrial uses. Based in Esbjerg, Denmark, B&W Vølund provides high-efficiency, low-emissions technologies to customers around the world, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. 

About Viridor

Part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group, Viridor puts waste into action, transforming it into high quality recyclables, raw materials and energy. Viridor is Scotland’s leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste partner, working with 96% of Scottish local authorities and some of the biggest names in Scottish business such as Scottish Power, RBS, BAE Systems and Coca Cola Enterprises. In addition to its £100m Scottish network of recycling-led technologies, the company has announced £357m of Scottish investment in the last eighteen months.

Information and comment on the East Lothian ERF is available at

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