Coatbridge Project

Shore Energy has received planning permission to develop a materials recovery and renewable energy facility at a site adjacent to the A8 at Carnbroe. The proposal is for a plant which will

  • handle 160,000 tonnes of waste per annum and significantly improve the environmental performance of the region.
  • achieve high levels of diversion of biomass from landfill and extract recyclable materials such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics and inerts such as glass, stones and ceramics.
  • use the residual biomass to create renewable energy thereby saving fossil fuels

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Project Description

Shore Energy Ltd will develop a materials recovery and renewable energy generation facility on land adjacent to the A8 at Carnbroe, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire providing a £50m investment to the local area as well as creating 50 permanent jobs.

The region around the site produces substantial quantities of waste and it is estimated that over 1.7 million tonnes of municipal waste is produced within 30 miles of the proposed location. Over and above this the commerce and industry in the central belt produces significant quantities of waste much of which currently goes to landfill.

We hope to make a positive difference in recycling more of this waste, recovering energy from it and diverting it from landfill to prevent the generation of greenhouse gases. Our proposed plant will receive 160,000te of municipal, commercial and industrial waste which will be processed to remove recyclables and to prepare a fuel which will be turned into renewable energy using pyrolysis to create gas which is then used to generate energy.

PDF files and images

Plan - Building Design, Construction & Elevations (PDF, 438KB)
Site Location Plan (PDF, 343KB)
Carnbroe site, ready for construction (JPG, 991KB)
High-level perspective of the site (JPG, 173KB)


Coatbridge Project News

January 2015



The facility will be operational from 2017 and Shore Energy is now inviting waste management companies to register interest in supplying 10,000 tonnes (or more) per annum of RDF/SRF meeting our fuel specification characteristics, which include:

·  Net CV 13-20 MJ/kg

·  Biomass content >50%

·  Moisture content <30%

·  Density 300-400 kg/m3

For more detailed specification requirements and commercial terms, please call 01764 686 000 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 2014

Development was initiated in March with work including setting out of the boundaries and the estate road, erection of permanent security fencing, formation of the site compound, construction of a site hoarding and erection of signage to the A8 frontage.  Works forming part of the sustainable drainage system have been agreed by SEPA and are progressing on site.  A formal community liaison committee has been established with the assistance of North Lanarkshire Council; the first two meetings of the committee were held at SEPA’s Eurocentral headquarters in January and April, attended by two community representatives, two representatives from SEPA, a representative from North Lanarkshire Council and Shore’s project director.  Meetings of the committee are scheduled to be held quarterly.  The development team is working through engineering design towards Building Warrant and formal appointment of contractors; this is likely to take several months, so further visible activity on site may be limited until later in the year.

June 2013

Shore MD, Simon Howie was quick to say how delighted he was at the 3 Judges' decision. "We were extremely surprised (last November) when we heard that NLC were taking our successful Judicial review for a further run in court but that was their decision and we had to abide by the rules. We now have to get on with demonstrating that we are as good as our word, and build a plant that will show what Scotland can do in terms of leading the way with amazing solutions to avoid waste being dumped in the ground and emitting harmful gasses to atmosphere. Change is often resisted but I’m convinced we will be able to take the doubters around this plant in two years’ time and allay any fears by showing them a modern, high-tech business with extremely high standards of environmental compliance. We will have a public liaison group set up and will take the locals along with us at all times. Recruitment of staff will begin and we aim to offer a real financial boost to the local economy in North Lanarkshire. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to the local residents who sent notes of support throughout the lengthy planning process."


September 2012

The legal challenge by North Lanarkshire Council against the decision by the Reporters acting for the Scottish Ministers to grant planning permission has been rejected by the Court of Session. This decision has been welcomed by Simon Howie of Shore Energy who says that we can now look forward to developing the facility and helping Scottish Government reach its ambitious targets for recycling and the diversion of waste from landfill.


January 2012

A legal challenge by North Lanarkshire Council against the decision by the Reporters acting for the Scottish Ministers to grant planning permission was heard this month. The decision of the presiding Judge is expected to take some months to be issued. Meanwhile Shore Energy is pushing forward with pre-construction activities including site investigation works.


May 2011

Shore Energy Secures Planning Approval for £50 Million Waste Recycling and Renewable Energy Generation Facility at Carnbroe


Shore Energy has received planning approval for its 160,000 tonne per annum waste recycling and renewable energy generation facility adjacent to the A8 at Carnbroe, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.


The facility will address a specific need identified by SEPA in February for facilities capable of meeting the objectives and targets of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan. At the same time, the plant will offer a financially competitive solution for those waste producers obliged to divert waste from landfill. The project will create 50 new jobs and is expected to result in an investment of £50m.


Jon Garvey, Projects Director of Shore Energy, said: “We’re delighted to secure this planning approval for a central Scotland location, adjacent to the main east/west arterial road, offering an outlet to the main centre of industry and population.


“It was confirmed this week that Scotland currently recycles or composts 38% of its local authority collected municipal waste and landfills almost 60%. The Zero Waste targets are for 70% of waste to be recycled or composted and 5% to be landfilled, so this, and similar facilities, are essential if the Government’s ambitious targets are to be met.”


Simon Howie, Managing Director of Shore Energy, commented: “We look forward to demonstrating that the extra processing capacity will deliver real choice as well as a competitive landscape for the local councils and commercial operators which will help keep the costs down for local tax payers, especially in light of the massive landfill tax costs which Scotland faces over the coming years.”


A copy of the decision by the Reporters can be obtained from case reference PPA-320-2011

February 2010

Shore Energy notes the recommendation of the North Lanarkshire Council Planning Officers that their planning application should be approved. Whilst the application is yet to be determined by the Planning and Transport Committee, the report states:

"The proposals are considered acceptable as they accord with the terms of the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Joint Structure Plan 2000 incorporating the 4th alteration 2008 and the Monklands District Local Plan 1991, the National Waste Strategy (NWS) and Area Waste Plan (AWP) where it has been adequately demonstrated that the proposals are acceptable in terms of need, comply with the proximity principle and offer the best practicable environmental option (BPEO) for dealing with the identified waste streams. There was no objection from statutory consultees including the Scottish Government, SEPA, SNH, Scottish Transport, and Scottish Water or from other organisations such as SWT and RSPB. There was no objection from the respective NLC Services requested to comment on the application. The accompanying ES demonstrates that environmental impacts from the development would not be significant and it is agreed that the suggested mitigation measures can be controlled through appropriate conditions.

Despite the significant volume of representation received in regards to the application, it has been determined that the material terms of objections cannot be sustained. The proposals accord with the terms of the development plan and are acceptable when assessed against the NWS, AWP and other material considerations noted in the main report."


A full copy of the report can be obtained on


December 2009

Shore Energy has issued a brochure (click here) summarising the proposal and the response of the statutory consultees to the Environmental Impact Assessment. We are pleased to confirm that the assessment made by our consultants has been accepted as accurate by these expert consultees and that suggestions of damage to the environment are unfounded. Whilst we respect the right of the community to ask searching questions about the proposal, we hope that these endorsements will set people’s minds at rest. The responses also confirmed a need for this – and many other facilities – in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley areas if the waste management targets set by the Scottish Government are to be met.


November 2009

The proposed plant at Coatbridge will make a significant and positive impact on Greenhouse Gas emissions due to the reduction in methane emissions from landfill, the levels of material that are recycled and the generation of renewable energy. Based upon conversion factors issued by DEFRA/DECC this yearly saving is equivalent to 143,000 tonnes of CO2eq, which in turn is equal to taking 48,000 cars off the roads of Scotland.


October 2009

Technical proposals and environmental impacts accepted by SEPA, subject to the agreement of a permit under the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations. This process will be undertaken if planning permission is granted.


August 2009

The application receives the support of Transport Scotland in respect of traffic, subject to conditions which Shore is happy to accept.


July 2009

Scottish Wildlife Trust welcome the best practice measures proposed for wildlife detailed in the EIA and note that it thoroughly covers potential wildlife issues, protected species and habitats.


June 2009

Shore Energy submits the full planning application for its material recovery and Renewable Energy generation facility