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Hitachi Zosen Inova Group to Build the South Clyde Energy Centre

Following the signing of a construction contract for the South Clyde Energy Centre in July 2022, Fortum Glasgow Ltd, a joint venture between Fortum Oyj and Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group, has appointed Hitachi Zosen Inova Steinmüller to design, build and commission the grate and boiler for a new thermal waste treatment facility in Glasgow, Scotland. Once operational, the new facility will generate up to 45 MWe gross of electricity by processing up to 350,000 tonnes of residual waste each year.

Glasgow, Scotland, UK: Fortum Glasgow Ltd, a joint venture partnership between Fortum Oyj and Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group (GIG), has awarded Hitachi Zosen Inova Steinmüller, part of the Hitachi Zosen Inova Group (HZI) since February 2022, the contract to design, build and commission the grate and boiler for the new thermal waste treatment facility on a brownfield site in North Cardonald, Lanarkshire. This is HZI’s second EfW project in Scotland to move into construction within a year.

Full construction is set to start in the third quarter of 2022 with the granting of financial close, and the new facility will enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2025. In addition to treating non-recyclable waste and avoiding landfilling, the South Clyde Energy Centre will generate up to 45 MWe gross of renewable electrical energy, which will contribute valuable baseload energy to Scottish Power Energy Networks and Scottish and Southern Energy Networks. The construction phase will require up to 200 construction workers and will create supply chain opportunities for local businesses and trades.

“This is another important milestone in Scotland’s drive for sustainable waste management, increased recycling and ensuring that non-recyclable waste does not end up in landfill. It’s vitally important that this waste is appropriately managed to allow energy and valuable materials to be recovered in the treatment process and lower Scotland’s overall carbon footprint,” says Fabio Dinale, VP Business Development at HZI. “Modern Energy from Waste plants like the South Clyde Energy Centre will make significant contributions to meeting these crucial social and environmental goals.”

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The new infrastructure project will be built on brownfield land in North Cardonald. The site to the west of Glasgow was previously used as railway sidings and contained an aggregate recycling and concrete batching facility. The new plant will be equipped with HZI’s own technologies such as the HZI reciprocating grate and state-of-the art boiler technology. This will enable the South Clyde Energy Centre to meet the strict emission directive requirements and satisfy the high demands placed on modern Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities.

Continuing to Build Strong Partnerships with Fortum and GIG
The South Clyde Energy Centre will be HZI’s third UK EfW project with GIG after the Rookery South and Newhurst installations. Following HZI’s February 2022 acquisition of Steinmüller Babcock Environment (SBE), HZI will also benefit from SBE’s long-term relationship with Fortum on thermal treatment projects. These additional skills and expertise in EfW engineering, design and construction will also feed into the South Clyde Energy Centre, HZI’s 17th project in the UK to date. Thomas Feilenreiter, former Managing Director of SBE and now HZI’s Vice President of Systems & Service Solutions, adds: “We are delighted that we’re able to take our long-standing business partnership with Fortum further as part of the HZI Group. The new organisational set-up will allow us to bring our joint capabilities and established technical expertise to the South Clyde Energy Centre project. HZI looks forward to moving into the construction phase and delivering this new and urgently needed waste management project in Scotland.”


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Officially part of the HZI Group since February 9

On December 9, 2021, Nippon Steel Engineering concluded an agreement with the Swiss company Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) to take over the business activities of Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH.

The final closing took place as planned, and we have therefore now been part of the HZI Group since 9 February 2022.

We look forward to our joint future with great anticipation and enthusiasm.

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SBE’s shareholder NIPPON STEEL ENGINEERING CO., LTD. (NSE) has decided to enter into an agreement with HITACHI ZOSEN CORPORATION (HITZ) and its wholly owned subsidiary HITACHI ZOSEN INOVA AG (HZI) to transfer all its shares in SBE to HZI, while focussing its own management resources on the development of the energy from waste facility business in the Asian region. For more details, please refer to NSE’s press release HERE.

The agreement will be executed on 9th Dec 2021 and will be subject to the completion of necessary procedures.

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HZI Steinmüller for GML – Boiler pressure test successful

With the successful “boiler pressure test” of the new waste boiler 4 on September 23, 2021, GML and HZI Steinmüller reach the next milestone of the GML modernization project IGNIS on time. From mid-April to mid-September 2021, HZI Steinmüller, together with the installation company Đuro Đaković, assembled the new K4 waste boiler on behalf of GML in the course of just five months.

“The last five months were challenging and very exciting for all involved! We would like to thank the fitters and welders as well as the installation management of HZI Steinmüller and Đuro Đaković very much for this outstanding performance!”

– GML Supervisory Board Chairman Alexander Thewalt & Managing Director Dr. Thomas Grommes


The successful boiler pressure test was celebrated accordingly by HZI Steinmüller and GML.

The original press release by GML can be found here:

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Steinmuller Babcock Environment signs technology agreement with Thermax for Waste to Energy technology

Gummersbach: March 22, 2021

HZI Steinmüller GmbH (SBE), Germany, and Thermax Babcock & Wilcox Energy Solutions Private Limited (TBWES), a wholly owned subsidiary of Thermax, recently signed a know how transfer and license agreement for the SBE Waste to Energy Technology. The agreement was signed by Thomas Feilenreiter, Managing Director, SBE, and Pravin Karve, CEO, TBWES.

As a part of the agreement, TBWES will design, engineer, manufacture and sell MSW fired Waste to Energy solutions incorporating SBE’s well proven established grate and boiler technology.

“SBE technology is backed by more than 150 years of experience, and we have designed and supplied some of the largest and most efficient grate and boiler systems for waste to energy plants in the world. We are pleased to associate with Thermax in bringing our advanced technology to the industry through this agreement and look forward to a strong relationship,” said Thomas Feilenreiter.

“Thermax has always brought proven global technologies to India and this collaboration is one more step in that direction. We are proud to be closely associated with a global leader having the most advanced and reliable technology. This partnership will provide us with a technology edge and help us deliver on our brand promise of ‘Conserving Resources, Preserving the Future’. It will accelerate our involvement in the waste to energy application, much needed for solving the dual challenge of urbanisation and deteriorating environment.” said Pravin Karve.

About Thermax Limited: Thermax Limited, a leading energy and environment solutions provider is one of the few companies in the world that offers integrated innovative solutions in the areas of heating, cooling, power, water and waste management, air pollution control and chemicals. Thermax has manufacturing facilities in India, Europe and South East Asia. The sustainable solutions Thermax develops for client companies are environment-friendly and enable efficient deployment of energy and water resources.
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About Steinmuller Babcock Environment GmbH: HZI Steinmüller GmbH is a process and environmental engineering company providing global solutions for thermal waste treatment in waste to energy plants and flue gas cleaning in power plants. Steinmüller Babcock is part of the Japanese company Nippon Steel Engineering Co. Ltd.

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Steinmüller Babcock awarded contract for Vantaa Waste to Energy plant in Finland

Gummersbach, 10. März 2020. HZI Steinmüller GmbH, based in Gummersbach, has been awarded the contract to build the WtE2 Waste to Energy plant in Vantaa, Finland. The client is Vantaa Energia Ltd, one of Finland’s largest energy utility, 60 % owned by the city of Vantaa and 40 % by the city of Helsinki. The new plant is to be put into operation at the end of 2022.

The scope of delivery and service involves the planning and construction of the boiler system, including the Steinmüller forward-moving grate and ancillary systems, district heat exchangers, as well as steel construction, the facade and building services.

The Vantaa Waste to Energy plant will be built adjacent to an existing plant in urban Vantaa, a city of 220,000 inhabitants in the Greater Helsinki area. The construction of the plant is one of the measures taken by Vantaa Energia Ltd as it pursues its target of removing coal from its energy-producing plant portfolio by 2023.

Using Steinmüller Babcock’s fuel flexible Waste to Energy technology, the plant will, once operational, contribute significantly towards achieving Finland’s national recycling target, by converting non-recyclable material flows from the recycling industry into valuable energy.

The new plant has a fuel capacity of 80 MWth  based on a boiler concept designed to generate district heating only, producing steam energy at 20 bar(a) and 210°C. This steam energy will generate water up to a temperature of 115°C, which will be transmitted into the district heating network of the Vantaa region.

The restricted space at the current plant site adds a unique feature to the construction as the existing plant will continue to operate during the construction of the new plant, as will the railway line that runs under the building site.

The NTP for the new Waste to Energy plant in Vantaa, Finland, was given on March, 5th. From left to right: Thomas Feilenreiter, managing director of HZI Steinmüller GmbH, Jukka Toivonen, chief executive officer of Vantaa Energia Ltd.

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Steinmüller Babcock modernises Waste to Energy plant Ludwigshafen

Gummersbach, 25. Juli 2019. HZI Steinmüller GmbH based in Gummersbach has been awarded the contract for the modernisation of the Joint Venture Waste to Energy plant Ludwigshafen. The scope of supply and services includes planning and construction of the boiler system including grate and ancillary equipment for two lines. The client is the municipal operator GML – Gemeinschafts-Müllheizkraftwerk Ludwigshafen GmbH. Commissioning of the second line is planned for summer 2024.

With the project IGNIS (Latin: fire), the GML in Ludwigshafen is planning a comprehensive revamping of the Waste to Energy plant in order to ensure the waste disposal of the region for the next 25 years. In the plant, municipal and commercial waste from around 1,000,000 people from the region are thermally recycled. The Joint Venture Waste to Energy plant Ludwigshafen was built over 50 years ago, the two oldest of the three boilers are now 30 and 23 years old. A full revamping of the three lines would not be economically viable, and so GML consequently decided to invest in two new Waste to Energy lines replacing two of the existing lines which will be dismantled. Thus, the two new lines can be set into operation without restricting the operation of the existing three lines too much. On average, 90% of capacity will be maintained over the five years of reconstruction.

Depending on the operation status of the boilers the two new lines will contribute 90,000 – 100,000 t/a per year each to the overall plant treatment capacity of 235.000 t/a, with a thermal boiler performance of 30 MW each. The boilers generate high-pressure steam, which is converted into district heating and electricity in the neighbouring district heating plant of the regional supplier TWL AG. Steinmüller Babcock convinced in the tender with a technical concept combining a tailor-made solution with an overall attractive economic offer.

With the project IGNIS (Latin: fire) the GML plans a comprehensive revamping of the MHKW Ludwigshafen, in order to ensure the waste disposal of the region for the next 25 years. An essential part of the modernisation is the construction of two new lines, built by Steinmüller Babcock.

© Picture: GML – Gemeinschafts-Müllheizkraftwerk Ludwigshafen GmbH

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Steinmüller Babcock receives order for Waste-to-Energy plant Salo in Finland

Gummersbach, 28. February 2019. HZI Steinmüller GmbH, based in Gummersbach/Germany, has been awarded the contract for the extended boiler lot of the Salo Waste-to-Energy plant in southwestern Finland. The scope of supply and services includes the planning, delivery, installation and commissioning of the boiler system including grate firing, turbine, electrical and control technology as well as the boiler house. The contractor is the project company Lounavoima Oy, which was founded especially for the construction and operation of the plant by the municipal waste management company Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto Oy and the municipal district heating company Salon Kaukolämpö Oy. Commissioning of the plant is planned for the end of 2020.

In the single-line plant, up to 120,000 t of municipal and commercial waste from the cities of Turku and Salo will be thermally recycled each year. After commissioning, the plant generates 180 – 190 GWh of heat, which are fed into the local district heating network. This corresponds to 90 % of the total district heating required in the city of Salo. Likewise, 72 GWh of electricity are fed into the public grid every year.

Photo: In 2021, 90% of the required district heating of the city of Salo will be generated in the new Waste-to-Energy plant. © Picture: Lounavoima Oy

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Steinmüller Babcock expands Energy from Waste Plant Premnitz

Gummersbach, 23. January 2019. HZI Steinmüller GmbH, based in Gummersbach/Germany has been awarded a contract for the extension of the Energy from Waste plant Premnitz.  The scope of supply and services includes planning and construction of the boiler including grate and ancillary equipment for a second line of the plant. The client is EEW Energy from Waste Premnitz GmbH. Commissioning is scheduled for mid-2021.

The small town of Premnitz is located in the nature park Havelland west of Berlin. Ten years ago, the EVE 1 was considered one of the most modern facilities for the energy recovery of high-calorie refuse-derived fuels in Europe. The EVE 2 is designed for a fuel mix of household waste, commercial waste and refuse derived fuel, with a throughput of 150,000 t/year and a capacity of 56 MWth. While a small proportion of energy is used for own use, most of it comes to local industrial customers and households in the form of process steam, district heating and electrical energy. In the long term, the EVE 2 is to replace a fluidized bed combustion unit with a throughput capacity of 120,000 t/year in the plant network.

Steinmüller Babcock convinced in the tender with a technical concept that combined a tailor-made solution with a good price level. For Steinmüller Babcock, the order symbolises the continuation of a very good cooperation with the EEW Group. Most recently, Steinmüller Babcock had extended the EEW plant in Delfzijl / Netherlands with a line. The EEW Group has been building and operating thermal waste recycling plants for 30 years, currently there are 18 plants in Germany and neighboring countries with a total annual recycling capacity of more than 4.7 million tonnes of waste.

Photo: Starting in 2021, the new EVE Premnitz line will recover the energy from a fuel mix of household waste, commercial waste and refuse derived fuels. © Picture: EEW Energy from Waste Premnitz GmbH

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Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering supplies Steinmüller grate and boiler to Taoyuan

Gummersbach, 10 December 2018. Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering received an order for the supply of core components for the new Taoyuan waste incineration plant. The scope of supply and services includes basic and detail engineering for grate and furnace, supply of grate, boiler, heating surface cleaning and parts of the SNCR as well as installation and commissioning supervision. Steinmüller Babcock will support Nippon Steel with the basic and detail engineering and the delivery of the main equipment. The Taoyuan project, tendered as a BOT scheme by the Taoyuan City Government, was awarded to the Special Purpose Company (SPC) established between Evergreen Steel Corporation, Taiwan’s largest containerise freight shipping company, and CTCI Group, Taiwan’s leading WtE engineering and operating company. Commissioning of the plant will be in summer of 2021. In the plant 27.5 t/h of municipal and industrial waste will be thermally recycled in two incineration lines.

The city of Taoyuan is located in the north of Taiwan and, with 2 million inhabitants, is considered one of Taiwans most important industrial centres. Taiwan is regarded as exemplary in the field of waste disposal. Waste has been separated since the 1990s and since the turn of the millennium almost 80% of municipal and industrial waste has been thermally recycled in waste incineration plants.

Here you can find further information on Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering: and on Steinmüller Babcock:

Photo: Commissioning of the Energy from Waste plant Taoyuan will be in summer of 2021. Copyright picture CTCI Group

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