The South Clyde Energy Centre will be situated on the King George V dock in Cardonald, adjacent to the M8, and will handle around 250k tonnes of waste each year. The SCEC will take waste left after recycling to generate up to 20 MW of electricity for export to the grid the equivalent of powering 38,000 homes, 55 per cent of which will be renewable.
The plans backed by Peel Environmental where designed by architects Flecher Rae, who have received mixed feedback with their design for the 49m tall waste to energy plant.
Jane Gaston, development manager for Peel Environmental, said: “We have developed an iconic design which reflects its position at the gateway to the city", "We are pleased councillors have recognised such a design could help Glasgow to emulate the success of other similar, city-based facilities in Europe. These are viewed on the merit of their design as much as they are on their contribution to landfill diversion."
According to Peel Environmental the plant will be inline with the Scottish Government Zero Waste Policy, the fuel going into the SCEC will be pre-treated to ensure that key recyclable materials such as plastics, glass, paper and food waste have been removed and sent for recycling. The SCEC would only use fuel which has been separated and prepared in this way.