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HZI to build Europe's largest energy from waste plant in Istanbul

Switzerland-based energy from waste technology provider Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) to build a 1 million tonne per annum capacity energy from waste (EfW) plant in Istanbul, Turkey. The 70 MWe plant will be the first EfW plant for municipal solid waste (MSW) in Turkey and the largest of its kind in Europe.

The signing of the contract for Turkey’s first and Europe’s largest energy from waste (EfW) plant took place September 11 between Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), and a consortium comprising of HZI and the Turkish construction firm Makyol and signals the start of the execution phase. (From the left) Franz-Josef Mengede, CEO at HZI; Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul and Adnan Çebi, CEO at Makyol (photo courtesy HZI).

According to a statement, the development of the project to construct an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in the Turkish capital of Istanbul took several years. The plant is the first EfW plant for municipal solid waste (MSW) in Turkey and will also be the largest of its kind in Europe. Apart from the design and construction, the contract covers also the operation and maintenance of the turnkey plant for at least one year.

It will be located close to Istanbul’s new airport in the northwest of the city. From 2021, its three incineration lines will process around 15 percent of the city’s municipal solid waste every year, generating around 70 MW of net electricity.

In addition to HZI’s extensive array of references worldwide, the technical aspects above all were decisive for IMM in awarding the contract. Istanbul is HZI’s first project in Turkey. The region has enormous potential in the area of EfW. As an international company, we are proud to have achieved this key milestone in waste management in Turkey together with our partner, thus paving the way for further EfW projects going forward, said Franz-Josef Mengede, CEO at HZI.

The new plant will also deliver added value for the region economically: more than a fifth of all components will be produced by local businesses, while all of the work in connection with the construction will be carried out exclusively by local workers.

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