TAIM WESER waste treatment business unit receives first order in the UK

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The TAIM WESER group will supply its ROTOPALA composting technology for the new ESSEX mechanical and biological waste treatment facility, to be built in Courtauld Road, Basildon (UK).

Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, together called “The ESSEX Waste Partnership”, recently contracted a consortium of Urbaser Ltd and Balfour Beatty Capital Limited for its 25 years PFI residual waste treatment project.

The consortium’s construction contractor (Urbaser Ltd and Balfour Beatty Scottish and Southern Ltd) will be responsible for the design and build of the new Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant, with a maximum treatment capacity of 417,000 tonnes per year for kerbside collected residual waste, trade waste collected by local Essex authorities, street sweepings, and all non-recyclable waste from household recycling centres across Essex and Southend.

TAIM WESER has been chosen by the consortium to supply its renowned and reliable In-Vessel Composting (IVC) system, ROTOPALA, which consists of a fully automated trapezoidal windrow composting technology with a full odour control system, complying with DEFRA waste treatment obligations.

The TAIM WESER scope comprises of three ROTOPALA lines with a processing capacity of 375,000 tonnes per year for pre-treated municipal solid waste. This ROTOPALA technology combines a unique design of the wheel turner and a PLC controlled rotting process and ensures a steady 24/7 operation even with coarse material of up to 250 mm. The whole composting treatment process is controlled and operated on a fully automated basis thus no front-end loaders will be required, meaning a safe, economic and odour controlled operation.

The TAIM WESER ROTOPALA system has already proved its reliability and capability to Urbaser with the MBT plant in Meruelo (Cantabria) and the MBT Plant in Vacarisses (Barcelona). Both facilities, which are located in Spain, are equipped with this same technology and are in full operation. Moreover the first ROTOPALA installations are still in operation in Germany and have been operating since 1996.

The organic matter at the Essex MBT Plant will be decomposed and stabilized to obtain an output product which can be landfilled according to the EU- Landfill Directive or can be used elsewhere as a solid recovered fuel for power plants.

The project is scheduled for installation in 2013, process start-up in 2014 and final service commencement in June 2015.

The TAIM WESER process technology provides the consortium and finally the contracting authority with a long-term solution as Councillor Kevin Bentley, cabinet member for Economic development and Waste stated: “This is a landmark day for Essex, as the signing of this contract with Urbaser Balfour Beatty will enable Essex and Southend to achieve a sustainable waste management solution, which is affordable and environmentally sustainable.”

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