An application to construct an energy recovery facility – which would incinerate waste and turn it into electricity – at Murdoch Place Oldhall West Industrial Estate was approved subject to conditions at North Ayrshire’s Planning Committee this week. Doveryard Ltd’s plans include the construction of a materials recycling and fuel preparation building and an energy recovery building to produce electricity and heat with a 60m high chimney.
The company estimate that between 25 and 30 permanent jobs would be created at the site with around 200 people employed during the three-year construction phase. Planning Committee chair Councillor Tom Marshall said: “I’m more than happy that this is going to go-ahead. It will bring a large capital investment and create a number of jobs.”
The plant would recover energy from waste materials that cannot be recycled, avoiding the waste materials going to landfill. Energy recovery would be achieved through incineration. The heat would then be used to produce steam, from which turbines would generate electricity that would both power the plant and the national grid.