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Moscow to have EfW plants at all cardinal points

The contract to build two more EfW plants in the Moscow area indicates that the country is progressing in the implementation of its programme to landfill diversion, increase recycling and promote renewable energy.

The plants will treat around 2.8 million t/a of household and municipal waste to supply 1.5 million people in the Russian capital with electricity.

In late September, Alternative Generating Company (AGC-1) gave Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) and its Russian consortium partner, Atomenergomash subsidiary ZiO-Podolsk, notice to proceed with the construction of two additional energy-from-waste (EfW) plants in the Moscow area.

Following contracts for plants in Voskresensk (south) and Naro-Fominsk (west), construction of the two latest installations in Noginsk (east) and Solnechnogorsk (north) will take the total to four.

Green Tariff

Together these plants will play a key role in discontinuing the use of landfill and implement Green Tariff, a nationwide programme launched in 2017 to promote renewable energy.

“EfW plants are the most high-tech projects of RT-Invest, and we selected the best technologies for their implementation. Together with Hitachi Zosen Inova, a high-level international partner, we will build four plants with a total capacity of 2.8 million tons of waste in the upcoming years. Integration of EfW technology is a necessary step in implementing a progressive and sustainable waste management economy in Russia,” RT-Invest’s CEO Andrey Shipelov said.

Safe waste treatment

“For the Moscow area the switch from landfill to state-of-the-art EfW technology marks a major step in terms of efficient, hygienic, environmentally-friendly waste management,” HZI’s CEO Bruno-Frédéric Baudouin added.

“We’re proud to be supplying our highly developed technology – which not only meets, but often even undercuts, the most stringent emissions requirements. As a result, it contributes to Russia’s efforts to establish safe waste treatment.”

The four plants will eventually process 2.8 million tonnes (700,000 tonnes per plant) of municipal and commercial waste from the Russian metropolis a year to generate a total of 280 MW of electricity, enough for around 1.5 million inhabitants, to be fed into the grid.

The four major construction sites are also an important driver of the economy in the Moscow area, with a large part of the technology components manufactured and delivered by local producers and suppliers.

During construction the sites will also provide temporary work for several thousand people, plus several hundred permanent jobs after commissioning of the plants. Construction on the two new plants will begin in the next few weeks.