400 construction jobs planned as Fife energy plant gets green light
Brockwell Energy has revealed it is in advanced negotiations to build a 220,000-tonne energy-from-waste facility in Fife having obtained full planning permission for the project.
The developer has pledged that more than 400 employees will be engaged in the project at Westfield during the construction process, while during normal operations the new plant will deliver around 40 long-term jobs to the local community.
Brockwell said Westfield will be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the old open cast coal mine that closed in 1994 in an area that now has planning permission in principle for a wide range of business uses.
Construction of the plant will start in March, with commercial operations beginning in 2023.
Work on another Brockwell energy-from-waste plant in Grangemouth has already started after the £210 million project reached financial close in December.
Brockwell’s CEO Alex Lambie said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm the build of Westfield, coming so soon after the commencement of construction on our 220,000-tonne Earls Gate energy-from-waste facility in Grangemouth on January 7 this year. It really is a very exciting time for the company.
“We believe Westfield will provide a world-class and cost-efficient residual waste disposal option for Fife Council – and many other Scottish local authorities who have not yet secured such a disposal route for their waste.
“Similar to Earls Gate, the plant will provide a stable and reliable technology solution that is well placed to adjust to the inevitable changes that will take place in the mix of waste over the next 25 years.”