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Hitachi Zosen Inova selected to deliver Newhurst Energy-from-Waste facility

Switzerland-headed waste-to-energy technology suppliers Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has announced that it has been selected by a consortium of developers comprising of Covanta Holding Corporation, Biffa plc, and Macquarie's Green Investment Group (GIG) to deliver the 42 MWe Newhurst Energy-from-Waste facility in the United Kingdom (UK) under a turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract.

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 – Covanta, Biffa, and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group – to supply under a turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract (image courtesy HZI).

Strategically located just off the M1 motorway in the East Midlands, the Newhurst EfW facility will treat up to 350 000 tonnes of non-recyclable municipal solid waste (MSW) annually, and, according to HZI, it will have one of the highest efficiency rates in the world.

HZI won the public tender to build the new facility in Shepshed, Leicestershire, England and will serve as the overall turnkey contractor, delivering the entire building construction, the procurement function, and the technology for the Newhurst project.

The project is HZI’s twelfth in the UK and, following Dublin, Ireland, and Rookery South, England, it is the third in collaboration with Covanta.

HZI is a proven provider in delivering world-class energy from waste facilities, and we’re delighted to be working with them again on this important project. Collaborating on the basis of trust is a key factor in the successful delivery of a major project of this type, said Tom Koltis, Covanta’s Executive Director of European Development.

Tailormade design

The state-of-the-art plant will feature the continuously developed model of HZI’s air-cooled reciprocating grate and Hitachi Zosen Inova’s XeroSorp dry flue gas treatment system.

The plant is equipped with a highly efficient flue gas treatment system that fully complies with the most stringent emission limits, and often does noticeably better. The size and design of the flue gas treatment system are geared to enhancing energy efficiency and also deliver a positive impact on water use, explained Ingo Eifert, Project Director at HZI and responsible for the Newhurst project.

The Newhurst EfW facility is a significant addition to the UK’s waste management infrastructure. It supports both the government’s drive to reduce reliance on landfill and the UK’s ability to sustainably treat more non-recyclable waste without relying on export to European facilities.

The plant will provide 350 000 tonnes of annual treatment capacity for non-recyclable waste and will also generate up to 42 MW of low-carbon electricity, enough to power around 80 000 homes. With electrical net efficiency of 31.3 percent, the installation will also be one of the most energy-efficient in the world.

The facility will enter its operational phase in 2023.

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