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HZI wins O&M contract for UK waste-to-energy plant

HZI wins O&M contract for UK waste-to-energy plant
The Earls Gate Energy Centre (EGEC) waste-to-energy (WtE) will enter its operational phase with an expected takeover in late 2023 (photo courtesy HZI).

Swiss-Japanese green-tech company Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) has announced that it has secured two contracts in the UK. The first for the commissioning and start-up activities of a new waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Grangemouth, Scotland, and the second is for the Operations and Maintenance of the WtE plant for 25 years.

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HZI is currently building its 18th waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in the UK and has been chosen by long-standing customers Encyclis (previously known as Covanta Europe) and Brockwell Energy Ltd to execute the commissioning and start-up activities, and then apply its considerable experience to operate and maintain the Earls Gate Energy Centre (EGEC) with a 25-year Operations & Maintenance (O&M) contract.

EGEC is being currently developed by joint shareholders Brockwell Energy and Encyclis and uses a non-HZI technology for the combustion process.

The combined heat and power (CHP) facility is currently in its commissioning phase and will enter its operational phase with an expected takeover in late 2023.

Full-service provider

According to HZI, these contracts demonstrate that HZI not only has the capabilities to design, build and commission state-of-the-art waste treatment facilities; it also offers seamless global O&M services, supported by its highly skilled teams of operations and maintenance specialists working within the company’s expanding Systems & Service Solutions division to provide long-term services at waste-to-energy plants, whatever the combustion technology.

For many decades, HZI has firmly established itself as the leading Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) partner around the world.

With its growing range of services and O&M expertise, this allows HZI’s customers to benefit from the company’s deep knowledge in safe, efficient, and optimized plant operations across their entire waste-to-energy fleet.

HZI is delighted to have been awarded this new Operations and Maintenance contract by Brockwell Energy and Encyclis at the Earls Gate Energy Centre. HZI has a long history in the design, construction and commissioning of new Waste-to-Energy projects in the UK and around the world. This new O&M contract in Scotland clearly demonstrates the long-term trust and confidence our customers have in our team’s abilities, as well as the unique ability of HZI to support various contractual and technical configurations to make projects happen, said Thomas Feilenreiter, SVP of HZI Systems & Service Solutions.

Supporting the UK’s environmental goals of landfill diversion and energy security
This new Waste-to-Energy plant will support the UK and Scotland’s ambitions to reduce the need to landfill non-recyclable waste, widely recognized as the least sustainable form of waste management.

The Earls Gate Energy Centre will soon treat waste as a valuable resource to generate electricity and support the UK and Scottish government’s goal to combat climate change and become low-carbon economies that future generations can be proud of.

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