UK’s largest EfW project collapses

The company behind plans to build a 1.5Mt/yr waste complex near Glasgow closed earlier this year, it has emerged

CDP Architects’ design for the defunct Lifetime Recycling Village project
CDP Architects’ design for the defunct Lifetime Recycling Village project

Plans to build the UK’s largest waste management complex and energy-from-waste plant have come to an end, it has emerged.

Lifetime Recycling Village Ltd, which had planned to build the £640m plant 12 kilometres south of Glasgow, was officially wound up in February, according to government records.

Proposal to build the facility were first unveiled in 2010 by three waste and construction entrepreneurs.

Its three gasification lines would have processed a total of 900,000 tonnes of waste per year – over 100,000t more than London’s Riverside, the UK’s largest plant.

The development would have handled 1.5 million tonnes of waste per year in all, separating out some 600,000t of recyclates. The remainder, mostly biomass, would have been processed into fuel.

The site would have generated 81MWe (gross) but its high electricity demand would have left only around 56MWe for export to the grid. Heat would have been used on-site for fuel drying and waste separation.

Bottom ash and bag filter residues would have been treated via plasma vitrification.

Although the company obtained a scoping opinion from the Scottish government, it never formally sought consent for the project.

ENDS has been unable to contact the firm’s directors but it appears they were unable to secure funding for the development. It had also attracted vocal opposition from local people.

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