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HZI selects Valmet automation tech for Newhurst Energy-from-Waste facility

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it will supply an automation system to an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility currently under construction at Newhurst in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. The order was placed by Switzerland-headed waste-to-energy (WtE) technology specialists Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI), which is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the facility.

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An artist’s rendering of the 42 MWe Newhurst Energy-from-Waste facility in the UK that Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has been selected by the project consortium to supply under a turnkey Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract. Valmet has been selected in turn by HZI to supply the automation technology (image courtesy HZI).

This is the sixteenth time that HZI has chosen Valmet’s automation technology for its energy-from-waste plant projects. The plant will be owned by a consortium of Covanta Holding Corporation, Biffa plc, and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG).

The deliveries will start at the Newhurst Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility construction site in July 2021, and the system, the value of which has not been disclosed, will be taken over by the customer in 2023.

Hitachi Zosen Inova and Valmet have a long history in the field of energy-from-waste projects. As Valmet knows our requirements and expectations as an engineering, procurement and construction contractor, it is the ideal partner for the realization of this project, said Yannick Laborde, Technical Project Manager at HZI.

Equipped with one combustion line, the 42 MWe capacity plant will treat up to 350 000 tonnes of non-recyclable solid waste per annum. With electrical net efficiency of 31.3 percent, the facility will be one of the most energy-efficient plants in the world when it enters commercial operation in 2023.

Valmet’s delivery consists of a Valmet DNA Automation System, a protection system, integrated controls for 11 kV distribution, large screens, closed-circuit TV screens, an extensive operator interface for the control room, an electrical control system, 2 000 hardwired signals as well as more than 6 000 links and data points.

We cooperated closely with HZI throughout the tender phase and were able to fulfill 100 percent of the technical requirements. For Valmet, this project marks an important milestone in expanding our United Kingdom’s market share in the automation business in the energy-from-waste sector, but also in increasing the number of our references with Covanta who will operate the new plant, said Rene Neubert, Sales Director, Energy, and Process Systems, Automation, Valmet.

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