The Oldhall Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) is owned and developed by Doveryard Limited which itself is owned by funds managed by Octopus Renewables. The project team brings together substantial expertise in the design, funding, construction and operation of renewable energy assets across the UK.
The Oldhall ERF is being built by EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor, STC Power Srl, a leader in the delivery of traditional and renewables-fuelled power plants worldwide.
Construction work started in May 2022, and the plant is expected to be operational in 2025. Once the Oldhall ERF is built, STC Power Srl will operate and maintain the facility.
It is anticipated that the peak workforce during the construction phase will be up to 200 and, for the operational phase, around 28 new permanent local jobs will be created. More information on potential jobs, recruitment events and how to submit a CV can be found on our jobs page.
The project will require a range of packages, services and goods during the construction phase. More information on supplier opportunities, events and how to register interest can be found via our supplier page.
Oldhall ERF will turn residual residential, commercial and industrial waste into energy; generating up to 17MW of electricity, enough to power around 30,000 homes.
Once operational the facility will:
- Generate at least 17MW of energy, enough to power the equivalent of over 30,000 homes, more than the residential population of Irvine.
- Provide around 28 new full-time jobs.
- Create opportunities for a wide range of local suppliers and supply chain companies.
- Divert around 180,000 tonnes per year of residual waste which would otherwise go to landfill or be exported to Europe for treatment.
- Make use of waste from the adjoining Lowmac Alloys recycling centre, and their other facilities in the area, significantly reducing existing road miles. Waste will also come from elsewhere in the region.
- Have the potential to supply nearby commercial and industrial users with the surplus heat generated.
- Residues from the combustion process (known as Incinerator Bottom Ash) can also be used to produce secondary aggregates in the production of concrete products.
- Be regulated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) by way of an Environmental Permit, which will be issued only once SEPA is satisfied that the facility can meet these obligations.
- Contribute to Scotland’s and the UK’s drive to reduce CO2 emissions arising from electricity generation and decarbonise the UK economy.
- Utilise a site that has previously been consented for energy recovery.
More information about the facility can be found on our FAQs page.