Construction of 'state of-the-art' energy recovery facility on former Fife coal mine site to begin this summer

Construction of a renewable heat and power plant on a former coal mining site in Fife is set to kick off this summer.

Brockwell Energy, the Edinburgh-based renewable energy developer and operator, is pushing ahead with plans for the “state of-the-art” energy recovery facility.

The construction will form the cornerstone of development on the Westfield site, a former open cast coal mine west of Glenrothes where Brockwell Energy is also planning to construct a solar energy facility.

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Chief executive Alex Lambie said: “Brockwell Energy Limited (BEL) are delighted to confirm we have agreed key terms and entered into exclusivity with Hitachi Zosen Innova (HZI) as preferred bidder for the construction of our Westfield Energy Recovery Facility Limited (WERL) in Fife

An image showing how the Fife energy facility and solar farm will look when completed.

“HZI will also provide operations and maintenance services to WERL under a long-term service agreement.

“Representatives from both organisations will work together over the coming weeks to finalise the suite of documents for lender technical and legal diligence in preparation for an efficient run to financial close.”

Construction of the facility will begin this summer and it is anticipated that the plant will be operational by 2024.

Neil Young, Brockwell Energy’s technical and operations director, said: “This is a significant milestone for the project and the fact it’s being undertaken by such a highly experienced and successful construction and operations partner means we can be confident the project will be delivered – and add much needed capacity to the Scottish market.

“The state of-the-art plant will assist in meeting the Scottish Government’s environmental and legislative targets in advance of the landfill ban being implemented in 2025.”

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