Thursday 9 October 2014

Control system for a waste-to-energy facility in Cornwall.

Yokogawa France S.A.S., has won an order from VINCI Environment UK to supply control systems and safety instrumented systems for a waste-to-energy facility that is being built for SITA Cornwall (GB). VINCI Environment is part of VINCI Construction, France’s leading construction company.

This facility, the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre, is being built in St. Dennis, which is located in the center of Cornwall a region in the south west of Britain. Scheduled to start operation in 2016, it will be capable of handling 240,000 tons of residual waste per year, and will generate sufficient electricity to power around 21,000 homes.

For the control of the boilers and all auxiliary facilities at this plant, Yokogawa will supply the CENTUM® VP integrated production control system and the ProSafe®-RS safety instrumented system. In addition to being responsible for the engineering of the facility’s automation systems, Yokogawa France will support both the installation and commissioning of these systems. In this capacity, it will work closely with VINCI Environment, which is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company for this project. In 2011, Yokogawa also received an order from VINCI Environment*3 to supply control systems for VERNEA, one of the most innovative waste treatment facilities, which was built in central France for SITA (Suez Environment Group). The systems delivered for that project have been working with no problems.

In the U.K. and other European countries, strict regulations on the landfill disposal of waste materials are being introduced to protect the environment. As an alternative, many waste-to-energy plants are being built.

Yokogawa has a solid track record in this field, having delivered more than 140 control systems for waste treatment facilities in Japan and other countries. The Cornwall project is Yokogawa’s fourth control system order for a waste-to-energy facility in Britain. By leveraging its engineering experience in this field, Yokogawa aims to expand its waste treatment facility control business worldwide, with a focus on Europe, and thereby help to build a sustainable society.

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