Glasgow’s £154m Recycling & Renewable Energy Centre Begins Construction

05-12-13(2)picDelivery of Glasgow’s new £154m Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) at Polmadie, on the city’s South-side, has commenced construction. 

The £154m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) will have capacity to handle 200,000 tonnes of council green bin residual waste every year.

The development is being undertaken by Viridor, in partnership with Glasgow City Council with construction work being undertaken by Interserve Construction Ltd

The plant, working in combination with city wide blue, brown and purple bin recycling, will divert green bin residual waste away from landfill, saving millions of pounds, releasing recyclable resources from household waste and producing valuable heat and power from what will be one of the most advanced waste management facilities in Europe, according to Viridor.

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Gordon Matheson – “At a time when big energy companies are delivering inflation-busting price rises, we will have the potential to create affordable heat and power”

The move follows the completion of work to carefully dismantle two iconic 66m reinforced concrete chimney stacks which towered over the Polmadie waste site for the last 55 years. The stacks were “nibbled down” using a 250 tonne long reach excavator with breaker attachments.

With work underway to lay the foundations for the landmark facility, the project enters a “piling” phase – inserting 12m concrete columns into the ground to provide strength and support to the facility’s base before erection of the steel framework commences in March 2014.

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Gordon Matheson said: “This project has a significant part to play in delivering on that promise. Our partnership with Viridor will not only transform how we deal with our waste, but is already creating skilled jobs and supporting apprenticeships that are vital to the city’s economy.

“And, at a time when big energy companies are delivering inflation-busting price rises, we will have the potential to create affordable heat and power. This is an opportunity to secure a future that is cleaner, more affordable and sees the city’s waste work for the benefit of Glaswegians.”

Viridor’s UK engineering director, Alan Cumming, said: “As a Strathclyde graduate working on major energy projects across the globe, it gives me great pleasure to be delivering world class green infrastructure in my city as part of our £1.5bn UK investment programme.

The development will bring more than 250 new jobs to Glasgow, support apprenticeship places and will produce enough energy to power 22,000 households. Once complete it will deliver a saving to Glasgow of 90,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Work on the GRREC facility is due to be completed in 2016.

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