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Valmet to supply automation to novel landfill gas project in Scotland

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology major Valmet Oyj has announced that it will supply automation to a novel gas clean-up system at Viridor’s Dunbar Landfill site in East Lothian, Scotland, UK. The first-of-its-kind system, supplied by the Dutch company CarbonOrO BV, allows for the successful capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) while transforming landfill gas (LFG) into transport fuels.

Valmet will supply automation to a novel gas clean-up system at Viridor’s Dunbar Landfill site in East Lothian, Scotland, UK. The first-of-its-kind system, supplied by the Dutch company CarbonOrO BV, allows for the successful capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) while transforming landfill gas (LFG) into transport fuels (photo courtesy Viridor).

Viridor Waste Management Ltd (Viridor) has the UK’s largest network of more than 300 advanced recycling, energy recovery, and landfill diversion facilities. The company currently operates ten Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs) – including Dunbar ERF and has an eleventh under construction.

In total, Viridor has 287 MWe of operating capacity from ERFs, anaerobic digestion, solar and landfill gas (including joint ventures) delivering 1.5 TWh of power 2018/19 to the National Grid.

Novel landfill gas to fuel project

In November 2019, Viridor and CarbonOro announced a joint project to deliver a global first – a gas clean-up system that transforms landfill gas (LFG) into transport fuels in a process that also allows for the successful capture of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Valmet has been a long-time partner for Viridor and has supplied its Valmet DNA automation and information management systems to most of our energy recovery facilities. The project at our Dunbar site aims at putting waste to work and creating valuable resources, which actively help the UK achieve its environmental, resource, and energy efficiency ambitions. Converting landfill gas into transport fuels is exactly the right vehicle for realizing these goals, said Phil Piddington, Managing Director, Viridor.

Valmet’s delivery, the value of which has not been disclosed, includes a Valmet DNA automation and information management system and skid electrification, as well as engineering, factory acceptance testing, installation, commissioning, and training. As part of the gas skid is in the ATEX zone, the system features redundant process controllers.

We at CarbonOrO have ambitious growth plans for our novel gas clean-up technology. We are happy that Valmet has a truly global reach along with credibility as a leader in sustainability. Valmet developed a competitive solution and was able to show that secure remote monitoring and follow-up on the performance of the gas skid have been taken into account, said Pieter Verberne, General Manager, CarbonOrO.

The delivery will take place in July 2020 and also includes Valmet Industrial Internet (VII) solutions. The landfill gas clean-up system will be commissioned in fall 2020.

Valmet has a significant presence in the UK’s waste-to-energy sector, and we have been steadily developing automation solutions for biogas, too. In this gas clean-up case, Valmet’s Industrial Internet offering will be explored further as multiple units come into operation, said Chris Heywood, Business Development Manager, Automation, Valmet.

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