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Valmet receives the 17th automation order from Hitachi Zosen Inova – now for the Slough Multifuel energy-from-waste plant in the UK

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Valmet will supply automation to the new Slough Multifuel energy-from-waste plant close to London, UK. The order was placed by Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI), the facility's engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

This is the seventeenth time that HZI has chosen Valmet’s automation technology for its energy-from-waste plant projects. The plant is owned by a joint venture between a UK energy company SSE Thermal, and Copenhagen Infrastructure III K/S, a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

The order was included in Valmet’s orders received for the first quarter of 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The deliveries will take place from early September 2022 to January 2023. The end customer will take over the automation system in late November 2024. 

“We benefit from the experience gained in Valmet’s latest UK projects and can implement it in the Slough project. Valmet has been proactive in supporting, answering, and giving ideas to the project,” says Aristeidis Charitos, Technical Project Manager, Slough Project, HZI.

Valmet will supply an automation system to the new Slough Multifuel energy-from-waste plant close to London, UK. This is the 17th time that Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) has chosen Valmet’s automation technology for its energy-from-waste plant projects.Valmet will supply an automation system to the new Slough Multifuel energy-from-waste plant close to London, UK. This is the 17th time that Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) has chosen Valmet’s automation technology for its energy-from-waste plant projects.

“The current global semiconductor chip shortage is a burden for all our projects. Due to the fact that Valmet DNA Automation System offers three different models of process stations, Valmet is able to deliver the solution within the project time schedule,” says Adrian Hiemann, DCS System Engineer, Slough Project, HZI.

“The end customer has been satisfied with our Valmet DNA system at the Ferrybridge 1 and 2 energy-from-waste plants delivered in 2012 and 2016. HZI has been our customer since 2008. The cooperation was good this time as well, and we were able to fulfil the technical requirements. For Valmet, this project is important as it continues and expands our market share in the UK energy-from-waste market,” says Rene Neubert, Sales Director, Automation, Valmet, Austria.

After starting full operation in 2024, the Slough Multifuel plant will process around 480,000 tons of residual waste from the Greater London Area per year and will cover the annual power consumption equivalent to approximately 100,000 households.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery consists of a Valmet DNA Automation System, a protection system, integrated controls for 11 kV distribution, large screens, an extensive operator interface for the control room, an electrical control system, and 3,200 hardwired signals as well as more than 7,300 links and data points.

About the customer Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI)

Zurich-based green-tech company Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) is a global leader in solutions for energy transition and circular economy including Energy from Waste (EfW) and Renewable Gas (RG), operating as part of the Hitachi Zosen Corporation Group. HZI acts as a project developer, technology supplier and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor delivering complete turnkey plants and system solutions for thermal and biological waste recovery. Its solutions are based on efficient and environmentally sound technologies, are thoroughly tested, and can be flexibly adapted to customer requirements. The innovative and reliable solutions have been part of more than 1,600 reference projects worldwide.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries.  

We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers. Our 17,000 professionals work close to our customers and are committed to improving our customers’ performance – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. In 2022, a major milestone was achieved when the flow control company Neles was merged into Valmet. The combined company’s net sales in 2021 were approximately EUR 4.5 billion based on the respective company figures. 

Valmet’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and the head office is in Espoo, Finland.     

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