Control system order 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 in the UK. VINCI Environment UK is a Group company 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 centre of the county of Cornwall in southwest England. 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(R) VP integrated production control system and the ProSafe(R)-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 UK, which is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company for this project. In 2011 Yokogawa also received an order from VINCI Environnement to supply control systems for VERNEA, which was built in central France for SITA (Suez Environnement Group). The systems delivered for that project have been working with no problems.

In the UK 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 the UK. By exploiting 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.

VINCI Environment UK is a UK subsidiary of VINCI Environnement and VINCI Construction UK.

SITA Cornwall is a special-purpose vehicle formed in 2006 to manage the treatment and disposal of waste within Cornwall. SITA Cornwall is made up of investors SITA UK, Aberdeen Asset Management, and I-Environment Investments. The waste-to-energy facility that is currently under construction will also be operated by SITA UK on behalf of SITA Cornwall. SITA UK is a British subsidiary of Suez Environnement, a water and waste treatment company based in France. SITA UK manages waste treatment and recycling businesses in the UK.

VINCI Environnement is a specialised subsidiary of VINCI Construction France, a leading French construction company that designs and builds waste and water treatment infrastructures for local authorities in the public sector or major operators and industries in private sectors. VINCI Environnement is a French designer-builder with recognised skills in process design, process engineering and civil engineering, and with more than 350 water treatment units and 80 waste treatment plants in operation.

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