• Proposals submitted for world leading low carbon energy park near Inverurie
• Catalyst for project includes state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) capable of producing and utilising both electricity and heat
• Public Exhibitions for £200m ERF proposals due to begin December 2019


Exciting proposals for a state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) within the Kirkwood Commercial Park, Port Elphinstone, Inverurie, have taken a major step, with the submission of a Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) by Agile Energy Recovery (Inverurie) Ltd for the Inverurie Energy Park. Similar proposals were consulted on in 2012 as part of the wider regeneration proposals for the Inverurie Paper Mill site.

The applicant, Aberdeen based Agile Energy, propose to develop a low carbon energy park on the site, with the development of the ERF the main catalyst for this ambitious project.

The development of the ERF is in direct response to the Scottish Government’s ‘Scottish Energy Strategy’ and will contribute significantly to the national “zero waste” strategy by recovering energy from discarded materials that cannot be recycled. The forthcoming ban on the landfilling of food, paper, garden and any other biodegradable waste was recently extended by the Scottish Government from the initial 2021 deadline until 2025 due to a shortfall in available recovery facilities to replace landfill capacity.

A shortfall in the development of facilities capable of dealing with this waste has been identified right across Scotland, and Agile’s proposed multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art facility is designed to assist in dealing with the current shortfall. Indeed, the plant will solve the problem that exists in NE Scotland by removing the continuing need for landfilling of the regions waste. The facility will also provide low carbon heat and electricity, allowing local businesses the opportunity to showcase the very best use of these sustainable resources right here in the North East.

The ERF will receive around 200,000 tonnes of pre-treated residual, non-hazardous waste, otherwise destined for landfill. Agile Energy will use proven energy-from-waste technology, which will thermally treat the waste to generate electricity and heat. The ERF will accept predominantly business and commercial waste and will export circa 20MW of electricity (enough to power approximately 62,000 homes) and has the potential to supply circa 80MW of heat (enough to heat at least 32,000 local homes and businesses) through a district heat network and distribution of heat batteries. Crucially, Agile Energy plan to deliver the heat to a community owned energy company which will in turn be empowered to deliver the heat to consumers at a price which will be competitive with natural gas.

With the Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) now submitted to Aberdeenshire Council this has kick-started a comprehensive public consultation programme. Public exhibitions are due to be held in December, allowing interested parties the opportunity to find out more about what is proposed and importantly provide feedback and comment. Taking place over three days in Kintore, Inverurie and Port Elphinstone, members of the development team and representatives from Agile Energy will be on hand to provide further details and answer questions, with those interested, encouraged to come along and play a part in this major proposed investment into Aberdeenshire.

Speaking following the submission of the PoAN, Alf Robertson, Managing Director of Agile Energy said:

“As the first phase of our vision to develop a world-leading, low carbon energy park, the Energy Recovery Facility is a vital component and the main catalyst for achieving this. By utilising proven, energy from waste technology, we can create new business and employment opportunities in the North East, whilst playing an important and strategic role in helping to address the Scottish Government’s forthcoming ban on the landfilling of biodegradable waste.”

Agile Energy has a committed ambition to turn the Inverurie Energy Park into a world-leading hub for low-carbon energy generation and business operations showcasing the very best use of sustainable technologies and environmentally friendly business operations. The project has an ambition that includes leveraging the power plant to create new business opportunities and employment including district heating, hydrogen production and distribution, advanced horticulture and aquaculture, and carbon capture and utilisation.

Robertson continues:

“As a combined heat and power plant, this facility will be able to provide local businesses with electricity cheaper than they would otherwise get from the National Grid. When combined with advantageous heat pricing, this ensures that Inverurie and the North East of Scotland remain competitive against other locations for further investment and job creation.

“Over the coming months, the development team and I look forward to presenting our proposals to the local community, answering questions and importantly gaining local feedback.”

With the first round of public consultation events due to take place in December, the second round will take place in early 2020, with Agile Energy proposing to submit a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council in the first quarter of 2020.


Notes to editors:

• The Public Exhibitions will take place at:

Kintore Primary School Hall – Tuesday, 3 December (6:30pm-9pm)
Port Elphinstone Community House – Wednesday, 4 December (4:30pm – 8:30pm)
Acorn Centre – Thursday, 5 December (4:30pm – 8:30pm)

• During construction, the ERF itself will create around 300 jobs at its peak, with a further 40 permanent, operational jobs once in full operation.

About Agile Energy:

Agile Energy is an Aberdeenshire based developer of sustainable eco-friendly energy projects and is developing a low carbon energy park near Inverurie in North East Scotland. The catalyst is an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) power plant that, subject to planning, is due to come online in 2022. Our directors are from Aberdeenshire and the North East of Scotland and come from a varied background in engineering, project development and management, waste management and information technology.

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