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HZI Group tech selected for South Clyde Energy Centre

HZI Group tech selected for South Clyde Energy Centre
An artist's rendering of the 45 MWe South Clyde Energy Centre that will be built in Glasgow, Scotland (image courtesy GIG).

Following the signing of a construction contract for the South Clyde Energy Centre in July 2022, Fortum Glasgow Ltd, a joint venture between Finland headed-energy utility Fortum Oyj and Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group, has appointed Hitachi Zosen Inova Steinmüller to design, build and commission the grate and boiler for a new 45 MWe thermal waste treatment facility in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Fortum Glasgow Ltd has awarded Hitachi Zosen Inova Steinmüller – a Hitachi Zosen Inova Group (HZI) company as of February 2022 – the contract to design, build and commission the grate and boiler for the new 45 MWe thermal waste treatment facility on a brownfield site in North Cardonald, Lanarkshire.

AFRY, in cooperation with AFRY Solutions UK Ltd and AFRY Finland Oy, will act as an engineering, procurement and construction management consultant (EPCM) to the project, providing services from site supervision throughout the construction and start-up of the project.

CHP ready with CCS retrofit option

By aiming to treat up to 350 000 tonnes of residual, non-recyclable waste annually, the plant is expected to play an important role in helping deliver the Scottish Government’s ban on household waste entering landfill by the end of 2025.

When compared to landfilling, the plant is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 67 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq) per annum, and utilising the latest technology, it will be “heat offtake” enabled.

Scotland’s landfill ban is a central pillar of its strategy to deliver a circular economy. GIG is committed to helping deliver the ban by providing the infrastructure required to treat residual, non-recyclable waste domestically. Heat offtake enabled and with CCS retrofit potential, the South Clyde Energy-from-Waste plant expects to play an important role in tackling Glasgow’s, and Scotland’s, waste challenge, said Chris Archer Co-Head of GIG Europe.

The plant also has the potential to be retrofitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the future, aligning it with the requirements Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan.

Building on our existing presence in the UK market and existing infra services, this is an excellent opportunity for Fortum to leverage its competence and enter UK’s energy-from-waste market. The market is in an interesting development phase and will over time offer potential for further investments in the energy-from-waste. The wider entry to the UK also enables us to look into the market potential for our other strategic growth areas, such as recycling batteries and EfW ash recycling, Kalle Saarimaa, VP of Fortum Recycling and Waste

Second Scottish EfW project in construction

For Japan-Swiss cleantech technology provider Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI), this is the Group’s second EfW project in Scotland to move into construction within a year.

Full construction is set to start in the third quarter of 2022 with the granting of financial close, and the new facility will enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2025, contributing valuable baseload energy to Scottish Power Energy Networks and Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSE Networks).

The construction phase will require up to 200 construction workers and will create supply chain opportunities for local businesses and trades.

This is another important milestone in Scotland’s drive for sustainable waste management, increased recycling and ensuring that non-recyclable waste does not end up in landfills. It’s vitally important that this waste is appropriately managed to allow energy and valuable materials to be recovered in the treatment process and lower Scotland’s overall carbon footprint. said Fabio Dinale, VP Business Development at HZI.

Proprietary State-of-the-Art technologies

The new infrastructure project will be built on brownfield land in North Cardonald.

The site to the west of Glasgow was previously used as a railway siding and contained an aggregate recycling and concrete batching facility.

The new plant will be equipped with HZI’s own technologies such as the HZI reciprocating grate and state-of-the-art boiler technology.

This will enable the South Clyde Energy Centre to meet the strict emission directive requirements and satisfy the high demands placed on modern Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities.

Modern Energy from Waste plants like the South Clyde Energy Centre will make significant contributions to meeting these crucial social and environmental goals, Fabio Dinale said.

Strong partnerships with Fortum and GIG

The South Clyde Energy Centre will be HZI’s third UK EfW project with GIG after the Rookery South and Newhurst installations.

Following HZI’s February 2022 acquisition of Steinmüller Babcock Environment (SBE), HZI will also benefit from SBE’s long-term relationship with Fortum on thermal treatment projects.

These additional skills and expertise in EfW engineering, design and construction will also feed into the South Clyde Energy Centre, HZI’s 17th project in the UK to date.

We are delighted that we’re able to take our long-standing business partnership with Fortum further as part of the HZI Group. The new organisational set-up will allow us to bring our joint capabilities and established technical expertise to the South Clyde Energy Centre project. HZI looks forward to moving into the construction phase and delivering this new and urgently needed waste management project in Scotland, said Thomas Feilenreiter former Managing Director of SBE and now HZI’s VP of Systems & Service Solutions.

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