A row over pay for a £150m waste-to-energy project

A payline has erupted over a £150million project to create a waste-to-energy plant in Aberdeen.

Main contractor Acciona has confirmed that it is closely monitoring the tense situation at the Ness site in northern Scotland.

A subsidiary of Spanish construction giant, EfW Ness Ltd, is building and operating the 14MW plant for Aberdeen City Council.

A spokeswoman said: “EfW Ness Ltd is aware that one of its contractors, Randridge, is in discussions with some of its own temps regarding the payment of invoices.

“EfW Ness Ltd is up to date with all payments to contractors and is working closely with all parties to minimize operational impact. This dispute does not involve EfW Ness Ltd.

“The health, safety and well-being of all personnel on site is paramount to EfW Ness Ltd, and the situation will be closely monitored.”

Once completed, the plant will treat up to 150,000 tonnes of waste annually from the municipalities of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray. The energy from waste combustion will supply a district heating network.

Aberdeen City Council and engineering services specialist Randridge, which is headquartered in Ireland and has offices in Aberdeen, have been contacted for comment.

Compensation is a high-profile issue this year amid soaring inflation and bills.

Last month Balfour Beatty Vinci apologized for late payments to workers on the West Midlands part of the £100billion High Speed ​​2 (HS2) scheme.

Meanwhile, unions Unite and GMB staged a protest in March as part of a campaign to force the Swiss entrepreneur behind a waste-to-energy plant in Leeds to pay workers under the terms of an industry standard working rules agreement.

Last week, dozens of construction workers gathered in central London to protest what they said was a ‘paltry’ wage offer from the Construction Industry Joint Council.

Alice F. Ponder