A £100 million investment in the future of the disposal of waste from Dundee and Angus will go ahead in the city.
A deal has been finalised to provide a new energy from waste facility to replace the current Baldovie incinerator.
The project will safeguard about 37 operational jobs at the facility and 70 indirect jobs. It will also support up to 300 jobs during the construction period.
Successful bidder MVV will construct and operate a new energy-from-waste facility near the current Dundee Energy Recycling Ltd run-plant at Forties Road, which it will replace.
The new facility will also be capable of producing combined heat and power. The nearby Michelin factory will benefit from energy provision from the plant, with any surplus heat capable of being used in the local residential area.
The plant will have a capacity of 110,000 tonnes per annum, enough to treat all residual waste from the two partner councils. Construction is expected to take three years.
Councillor Kevin Cordell, Dundee City Council’s neighbourhood services convener, said: “As we move towards meeting new targets, a more environmentally friendly method of dealing with waste was vital for both the city and Angus.
“This is an exciting development for the area and one which will be of value for many years to come.”
City council leader Councillor John Alexander said: “This is a huge step for the future of waste disposal for both Dundee and Angus and represents another ambitious investment in our local economy.
“This plant will help our city’s impressive Michelin factory as it drives its business forward with innovation and expansion to safeguard jobs and create new opportunities.
“We are working with two major European companies in the form of MVV and Michelin, and this shows how strong industrial partnership work, including Dundeecom, is already bringing economic benefits to the city.”
Angus Council leader Councillor Bob Myles welcomed the completion of the project.
He said: “Being in a position where Dundee and Angus councils are meeting our targets of no residual waste going to landfill, in advance of the 2020 target, shows our commitment to the environment and to making best use of waste material and good partnership working.”