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Hitachi Zosen Inova chosen to deliver Europe’s largest waste-to-energy plant

Swiss clean-tech company Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has received an order to construct a second waste-to-energy facility at Ferrybridge, UK, in the aftermath of a successful delivery of the site’s first plant.

The complete plant, consisting of a total of four lines, ranks among Europe’s largest and most efficient EfW plants.

“HZI proved itself to be an exceptionally constructive and reliable partner in the realization of FM1. We therefore have absolute confidence in working with them again and anticipate as with FM1 that jobs will be created either direct or indirect as a consequence of the FM2 project,” said Charlie Cryans, head of construction at SSE UK and Ireland.

With a boiler capacity of 117.4MWth, FM2 is projected to achieve the same efficiency as its sister plant.

Using a thermal EfW process, FM2 will annually handle around 570,000 tonnes of waste-derived fuel from various sources, such as municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, and waste wood.

The plant will produce enough energy to power around 170,000 homes, and with net energy efficiency of 31%, it will be on par with its sister plant and will also rank among the top facilities in Europe.

The new project is worth a total of over 360 million Swiss francs (€332.7m), and initial building work is likely to start in July with the first waste fire expected in 2018.