• Levenseat granted planning permission to increase overall site capacity from 400,000 to 750,000 tonnes per year
  • Levenseat announce plans to expand the site by constructing a second phase of the waste to energy operations

Levenseat today announced plans for further expansion following West Lothian Council’s planning committee decision to grant permission for an increase in site capacity from 400 000 to 750 000 tonnes per annum.

As Scotland moves forward with plans to implement the municipal waste landfill ban from 2021, Levenseat are well placed to deliver additional treatment capacity to help Local Authorities and commercial waste producers meet the rigorous requirements of the ban.

The announcement comes as Levenseat near completion of commissioning phase one of their new waste treatment facility which comprises a state of the art materials recycling & fuel preparation plant and integrated waste gasification power plant. The overall capacity of phase one is 250,000 tonnes pa. The materials recycling and fuel preparation facility opened in September 2017.

Commenting on the decision, Angus Hamilton, Managing Director said “This is an exciting time for Levenseat as phase one of the waste treatment facility nears completion of commissioning. This decision is welcomed as it gives us the flexibility required for our anticipated growth. We are very much looking to the future and will be pushing forward with the development of the second phase of our facility at Levenseat.”

Levenseat hold planning permission to expand the capacity with the construction of a second phase. An increased capacity grid connection was secured in 2016. The Levenseat team continue to work closely with selected technology providers to progress detailed design work and finalise contract arrangements.

Mr Hamilton further explained “Levenseat have experienced rapid growth over the past two years and we have seen a significant increase in demand for our services; in response, we are happy to announce our expansion plans which include the addition of a second phase of our power plant facility to complement the existing infrastructure. We are pleased with the progress so far for phase two, we expect financial close later this year and with a three year build we hope to have the facility up and running by 2023.”


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.

Levenseat Renewable Energy Ltd is a special purpose vehicle which in 2015 secured financing of £111M to develop a waste to energy facility at Levenseat. Commissioning of the first phase (46MWth) of that development is nearing completion and the company plans to begin construction of the 2nd phase later in 2019.

For more information please visit www.levenseat.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

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

Developer:  Levenseat Renewable Energy Holdings Limited

Phase 2

Full Planning permission in place

Grid Connection secured

Site Prepared


Pamela Knox-Welsh

Communications Manager

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