Construction of Grangemouth £200m energy plant stops as questions raised over contractor's future

Work has ground to a halt on Grangemouth’s new £200 million Earls Gate Energy Centre and owners are looking for answers from French contractors CNIM.

By James Trimble
Thursday, 13th January 2022, 5:05 pm
Updated Monday, 17th January 2022, 9:28 am

The massive multi-million pound facility, located in Earls Gate Park, was expected to be fully operational by the middle of the year, creating around 30 full-time operational jobs.

It was hoped it would prevent 216,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste from entering landfill annually.

However, now questions are being asked of CNIM – a firm responsible for delivering 163 energy from waste plants all over the world.

Work has currently stopped on the Earls Gate Energy Centre

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A spokesperson for owners and project sponsors Earls Gate Energy Centre Ltd said: “We can confirm the main contractor CNIM (Earls Gate) Limited, responsible for the site, has not been working since its return from the New Year break.

“Earls Gate Energy Centre Limited is the owner of the project and is seeking information from CNIM to understand the issue. It is known that CNIM E&E Division is currently undergoing a financial restructuring with support from the French Government.

“Earls Gate Energy Centre Limited, which is the sponsor of the project and its owner, is financially sound and highly committed to the completion and delivery of the project but are unable to comment further until it is fully appraised of the situation.”

The energy centre was also earmarked to provide heat and power for nearby CalaChem and adjacent industrial plants, and export any surplus electricity produced to the National Grid.

According to developers, the technology involved – Energy from Waste (EfW) Combined Heat and Power (CHP) – in the new facility is seen by many as the most environmentally sustainable solution for the management of residual municipal waste.

In the process of preventing over 200,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste from entering landfill, it will convert the waste into 79GWh of green electricity and 81GWh of heat in the form of steam.

The facility – which was going to be operated by MES Environmental, a subsidiary of CNIM, for a contract duration of 25 years – would also have decarbonised CalaChem’s annual energy consumption to an amount equivalent to taking around 17,000 cars off the road for a year.

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