Levenseat Renewable Energy today (4th December 2020) announce plans for further expansion following West Lothian Council planning committee’s decision to grant permission for a variation to the Phase 2 Energy from Waste – Thermal Treatment Plant.

The announcement comes as Levenseat Renewable Energy completed take-over in November of its new waste treatment facility which comprises a state of the art Materials Recycling and Fuel Preparation Plant supporting the Gasification Power Plant.

The planning variation revises the capacity of the Phase 2 plant to 135MW thermal (~315,000 tonnes per year) and increases the building envelope. It also includes an extension to the materials reception, recovery, and Fuel Preparation Plant.

With an enhanced capacity grid connection secured, the Levenseat Renewable Energy team are currently in the process of procuring the new facility which is anticipated to be operational in 2025.

Commenting on the decision, Angus Hamilton, Managing Director of Levenseat said “It’s been a successful few weeks here at Levenseat, we are delighted at having achieved takeover of the Phase 1 power plant and then secured planning permission to increase the capacity of Phase 2.

Reaching this milestone for Phase 1, along with our investment in recycling and Energy from Waste, are key steps in the delivery of our strategic plan and our commitment to developing new environmental and economic solutions for waste management. We look forward to announcing further details shortly regarding the development of Phase 2, and our programme of Community Benefits including opportunities with local recruitment and for local supply chains.

The amendment to planning gives us greater flexibility to deliver the best engineered solution and, given the Scottish landfill ban coming in 2024, we can also help relieve some of the concerns around the lack of capacity for residual waste treatment in Scotland. We are also actively pursuing the development of heat offtake for optimum utilisation of energy.”


About Levenseat

Levenseat Limited is a Recycling & Resource Management company based in Central Scotland. With over 30 years’ experience, Levenseat has established a reputation for reliability, accessibility and innovation. We are committed to developing new waste solutions to provide customers with an environmentally, socially and economically beneficial solution. With the construction of our new plant, together with our wider established facilities, we will be delivering to the market Scotland’s largest integrated facility providing treatment and recovery for a wide range of waste materials. At present there are over 200 full time jobs at Levenseat and the new plant will require an additional engineering team of 25, as well as some 250 construction jobs.

For more information please visit www.levenseat.co.uk

Levenseat Renewable Energy Ltd

Levenseat Renewable Energy Ltd is an SPV formed in 2015 to develop a merchant Energy from Waste facility at Levenseat with investment from Bioenergy Infrastructure Group and Zouk Capital. 

For more information please visit www.lrel.co.uk

About the Project

Phase 1

Total project value:  £111m

Investors: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Zouk Capital, Levenseat Limited

Environmental impact: recovery and recycling of over a million tonnes of materials over its lifetime, reduction in lifetime greenhouse gas emissions of over 1,300,000 tonnes compared with traditional Landfill, equivalent to taking over 23,000 cars off the road

Energy generation: 75GWh of electricity produced per year

Fuel supply: from adjacent MRF facility with capacity to process 215,000 tonnes per annum

Developer:  Levenseat Renewable Energy Limited

Phase 2

Full Planning permission in place

Grid Connection secured

Site Prepared

Energy generation: Up to 135MW thermal

Developer:  Levenseat Renewable Energy Limited


Pamela Knox-Welsh

Communications Manager

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