Hitachi Zosen Inova has won the construction contract for the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre (SERC) at Severnside, South Gloucestershire. The company is to start work at the site next month.
The plant will employ thermal waste treatment technologies in DyNOR and LEAP, a new 'low excess air process', developed by Hitachi Zosen Inova.
The DyNOR system is designed to reduce the nitrogen dioxide emissions to 150 mg/Nm3 at minimal ammonia slip and well below current EU limits. With LEAP the efficiency of combustion is increased while the CO and NOx emissions are still reduced.
CEO of SITA UK, David Palmer-Jones said: “We chose Hitachi Zosen Inova to deliver the energy from waste technology at the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre because of their long-standing track record and proven technology, but also because of their ability to innovate to ensure that the facility is at the forefront of efficiency and environmental performance.”
SERC will be Hitachi Zosen Inova’s seventh turnkey plant contract in the UK over the last seven years.
A consortium of SITA UK, Scottish Widows Investment Partners (SWIP) and Itochu Capital signed the corresponding 25-year contract with the West London Waste Authority on 27 Nov to convert up to 300,000 tonnes of municipal waste material to energy each year.
Under the contract, waste material that the 1.6 million people living in the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames have not been able to separate for recycling will be transported by rail to the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre.
The facility will produce 34 megawatts of electricity, enabling the West London Waste Authority to divert 96 per cent of its waste from landfill and is expected to save two million tonnes of CO2 equivalents over the duration of the contract.
SERC, which will also include an on-site facility for the recycling of bottom ash, is expected to be completed and under the operation of SITA UK by mid-2016.