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Covanta secures waste contracts for Dublin EfW plant

Covanta, a US waste management firm, has signed a new waste supply contract for Dublin's energy-from-waste (EfW) plant with Panda — an Irish waste and recycling collection company.

To date, 60% of the facility's waste processing capacity has been secured under long-term contract.

"We are pleased to have made significant progress in securing waste contracts on terms consistent with our market expectations, and we continue to see very strong local market demand for the facility's capacity as we look to secure additional volumes," said Covanta President and CEO, Stephen J. Jones.

"Construction of the facility continues to progress on schedule and is over 50% complete. We look forward to delivering a state-of-the-art waste and energy solution to the Dublin Region in late 2017."

The Dublin EfW project is a public private partnership (PPP) between Covanta and Dublin City Council (acting on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities) that will provide the Dublin region with a long-term sustainable and environmentally superior waste management solution, enabling it to divert post-recycled waste from landfills and become locally self-sufficient in managing waste, consistent with regional, national and EU waste policies.

When complete, the Dublin facility will process around 600,000 tonnes of waste annually and will generate clean energy to supply 80,000 homes, reducing Ireland's reliance on imported fossil fuel.

The facility has also been designed with technology and infrastructure to provide enough heat to meet the equivalent needs of over 50,000 homes if a district heating system is implemented in the future.

Under the project agreement with the Dublin regional authorities, Covanta is responsible for sourcing waste supply for the facility, which will consist of residential, commercial and industrial waste streams from Dublin and surrounding areas.