£100m Bal­dovie plan to cre­ate 300 jobs

IN­DUS­TRY: Site will use waste from An­gus and Dundee to pro­duce en­ergy for Miche­lin tyre fac­tory

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - PauL ma­LiK pa­ma­lik@the­courier.co.uk

Hun­dreds of jobs will be cre­ated with the con­struc­tion of a multi-mil­lion­pound re­place­ment for the Bal­dovie in­cin­er­a­tor in Dundee.

Waste from An­gus and Dundee City coun­cils will be trans­ported to the plant to be trans­ferred into en­ergy for the Miche­lin tyre fac­tory , with the re­main­der piped into homes in nearby res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

The £100 mil­lion project will se­cure 37 jobs at the ex­ist­ing cen­tre on For­ties Road and has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate more than 300 in the con­struc­tion phase.

Bosses say the site will have the ca­pac­ity to con­vert all of the resid­ual waste pro­duced in the Dundee and An­gus coun­cil ar­eas into en­ergy.

That would make for an es­ti­mated 110,000 tonnes per year. En­ergy com­pany MVV will build the new fa­cil­ity, which will take three years to com­plete.

Miche­lin fac­tory man­ager John Reid said: “This is wel­come news on an im­por­tant and in­no­va­tive project in which we are a key part­ner.

“Once com­plete the fac­tory will utilise steam and elec­tric­ity from the in­cin­er­a­tor, and re­duce CO2 emis­sions by around

Once com­plete the fac­tory will utilise steam and elec­tric­ity from the in­cin­er­a­tor to re­duce CO2 emis­sions by around 90%. MICHE­LIN FAC­TORY MAN­AGER JOHN REID

90%. There will also be re­duc­tions in the cost of en­ergy con­sumed by the fac­tory to help lower op­er­at­ing costs.”

Mr Reid said the fac­tory cur­rently pro­duces 25% of the site’s elec­tric­ity from two wind tur­bines, which were in­stalled in 2006.

“At the time Dundee was the only Miche­lin fac­tory in the world to em­brace wind power,” he added.

“That demon­strated the fac­tory’s com­mit­ment to pur­su­ing sus­tain­abil­ity in man­u­fac­tur­ing.

“The re­duc­tion of our im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment is a key pol­icy as is our com­mit­ment to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and this project de­liv­ers on both strands. It’s good for Dundee’s econ­omy and it’s good for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Dundee City Coun­cil’s neigh­bour­hood ser­vices con­vener, Coun­cil­lor Kevin Cordell, wel­comed the news, which he said would be of huge ben­e­fit.

He in­sisted: “As we move to­ward meet­ing new tar­gets, a much more en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly method of deal­ing with our waste was vi­tal for both the city and An­gus.

“This is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment for the lo­cal area and one which will be of value for many years to come.”

An­gus Coun­cil leader Coun­cil­lor Bob Myles said: “This project has taken some five years of hard part­ner­ship work and has reached a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion.”

He added: “Be­ing in a po­si­tion where we, Dundee and An­gus coun­cils, are meet­ing our tar­gets of no resid­ual waste go­ing to land­fill, in ad­vance of the 2020 tar­get, shows our com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment and to mak­ing best use of waste ma­te­rial and good part­ner­ship work­ing.”

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