24 April 2024

Energy from Waste facility formally opened

Leaders from Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, and Moray Councils cut the ribbon to formally open the NESS Energy from Waste facility today. 

Aberdeen City Council Co-leader Councillor Ian Yuill said: “I am pleased the energy from waste plant is now operational. This highlights the City Council’s commitment to improving how it manages non-recyclable waste by treating it as a valuable resource.

”The Torry Heat Network has been developed in parallel to this project. As a result, Aberdeen has one of the first energy from waste facilities in the country that will deliver heat locally.” 

Councillor Gillian Owen, Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, added: “It can take decades of waste management time and valuable resources to protect the environment from the pollutants that landfills contain. 

“Instead, this energy from waste facility is a modern and more environmentally friendly solution that will cleanly and completely prevent hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste going to landfill.”

Leader of Moray Council, Councillor Kathleen Robertson, added: “The opening of this facility couldn’t come at a better time and ensures that we not only meet our legislative obligations but will ensure that value, in terms of heat and electricity, is extracted from our waste.

"As a high performing recycling authority, we’re pleased we have a modern facility that will serve the residents of Moray, and our partner authorities, for decades to come.” 

Three council leaders cutting the ribbon at the energy from waste facility—from left to right Gillian Owen for Aberdeenshire, Ian Yuill co-leader for Aberdeen City, and Kathleen Robertson for Moray.

The plant, located in East Tullos, became fully operational in December last year. Around 150,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste will be processed yearly from the three Councils.

Electricity produced by the facility is sent to the national grid. Heat will also be supplied to a local district heating network. 

The facility managed by EFW Ness Ltd, a subsidiary of Acciona Industrial UK Ltd. Day-to-day operations are handled by the operator, Indaver UK.