Valmet receives the 16th automation order from Hitachi Zosen Inova

Source: press release, 22 June 2021

Valmet receives the 16th order from Hitachi Zosen Inova – delivers automation system for the Newhurst energy-from-waste plant in Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Valmet receives the 16th order from Hitachi Zosen Inova – delivers automation system for the Newhurst energy-from-waste plant in Leicestershire, United Kingdom (illustration: Hitachi Zosen Inova)

Valmet will supply an automation system to an energy-from-waste facility currently under construction at Newhurst in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. The order was placed by Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI), the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the facility.

This is the sixteenth time that HZI has chosen Valmet’s automation technology for its energy-from-waste plant projects. The plant will be owned by a consortium of Covanta, Biffa and Green Investment Group.

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2021. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The deliveries will start at the Newhurst construction site in July 2021, and the system will be taken over by the customer in 2023.

“Hitachi Zosen Inova and Valmet have a long history in the field of energy-from-waste projects. As Valmet knows our requirements and expectations as an engineering, procurement and construction contractor, it is the ideal partner for the realisation of this project,” says Yannick Laborde, Technical Project Manager at HZI.

“We cooperated closely with HZI throughout the tender phase and were able to fulfil a 100% of the technical requirements. For Valmet, this project marks an important milestone in expanding our United Kingdom’s market share in the automation business in the energy-from-waste sector, but also in increasing the number of our references with Covanta who will operate the new plant,” says Rene Neubert, Sales Director, Energy and Process Systems, Automation, Valmet.

Equipped with one incineration line, the Newhurst plant will treat up to 350,000 (UK) tonnes of non-recyclable solid waste per year and generate up to 42 megawatts of clean electricity, enough to power around 80,000 homes. With electrical net efficiency of 31.3%, the facility will be one of the most energy-efficient plants in the world when it enters commercial operation in 2023.