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Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy Centre (RREC) - 2016

A State-of-the-Art Recycling and Sustainable Waste Management Facility  - Total Project Value – £2,000,000 


Customer: Interserve Construction
Client: Viridor
Project Delivery: 2016
Project Value: £2M

Glasgow installed a state-of-the-art recycling and sustainable waste management facility at its long-established waste treatment plant at Polmadie. This technology will radically overhaul the way the city’s household waste is managed over the next 25 years.

  • Handles 200,000 tonnes of council green bin residual waste every year
  • Works in combination with city wide blue, brown and purple bin recycling
  • Diverts 90% of green bin residual waste away from landfill, saving millions of pounds
  • Releases recyclable resources from household waste
  • Produces enough energy to power the equivalent of 26,496 households and heat the equivalent of some 8,000 homes
  • Delivers a saving to Glasgow of 90,000 tonnes of CO² every year
  • Regenerated the existing Glasgow City Council waste facility at Polmadie, on the South side of the city

Alongside improvements to recycling, an extensive community benefits package has been established. This scheme has created over 250 new jobs, including 17 apprentices, supporting local social enterprises, and small and medium sized businesses throughout the building programme and beyond.

Blackburn Starling Designed, Manufactured, Delivered & carried our the complete site Installation of the Low Voltage Switchboards and Motor Control Centres (MCC’s) for this new Energy from Waste Facility.

The project design incorporated Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) Metering for power export back onto the Grid, Active Harmonic Filtration, Bulk Power Factor Correction, Variable Speed Drives, Intelligent Motor Starters and Feeders for the complete process plant.

Our scope of supply included 3off Process Stream MCC’s, 6off Balance of Plant (BOP) MCC’s (the largest being over 40 Metres in length), a Generator Essential Services LV Switchboard and a Common Services MCC. Overhead Busbar Trunking was designed to allow the panels to be split into sections and be fitted into the space available on site.

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