Valmet has signed an agreement with Babcock & Wilcox Volund A/S to supply automation technology for the new Dunbar energy recovery facility (EFR) in East Lothian, Scotland, UK.
Advanced automation solutions will make it possible to efficiently control the renewable energy recovery process and to manage plant operations. Valmet‘s delivery is scheduled for March 2017.
The order is included in Valmet’s second quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. Typically the order value of automation system deliveries ranges from below EUR one million to EUR three million.
“This is the second project that Babcock & Wilcox Volund has ordered from Valmet. Our earlier delivery for the Peterborough waste-to-energy plant was successfully delivered and started up in 2015,” says Neil Buckland, Sales Director, UK, Automation, Valmet.
Treating 300,000 tons of waste per year
Once in operation in late 2017, the Dunbar ERF will have a capacity to treat approximately 300,000 tons of waste per year. It will generate 30 megawatts (MW) of base-load renewable energy directly to the grid, enough to continuously power 39,000 homes. Additionally, the plant will offer up to 10 MW of heat for local use.
The plant investment is in line with the Scottish Government’s ambition to deliver zero waste, encourage waste reduction, boost recycling and recover vital renewable energy.
Babcock & Wilcox Vølund provides the technology for the Dunbar EFR and is responsible for its engineering, procurement and construction. The plant will be operated and maintained by Viridor, one of Europe’s major waste management companies.