Viridor plant to benefit from tech boost

Valmet has signed an agreement with Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S to supply automation technology for the new Dunbar energy recovery facility (EFR). Advanced automation solutions will make it possible to efficiently control the renewable energy recovery process and to manage plant operations.

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.