AMEC, the international project management and services company, has entered into a five-year alliance with Bristol-based Compact Power to deliver a series of environmentally-friendly power plants that will generate electricity from waste and biomass.
AMEC will manage the design, engineering and construction of the plants, which will use Compact Power’s high-temperature pyrolysis and gasification system to convert waste and biomass into electricity with minimal emissions.
Plants will vary in size depending on local requirements, and will cost between £15 and £25 million to develop.
The first of the plants to be built will be located at Dargavel near Dumfries. Construction of the plant will start in October this year and will be completed before the end of 2005.
When it is brought on-line, the facility will produce 7.8 MW of electricity from a mixture of non-recyclable municipal, light industrial and commercial wastes including organic, timber and textiles, rubber tyre shreds and sewage screenings.
The plant will be the first of its kind in Scotland, although a smaller version is already operating successfully at Bristol.