The Swiss company Hitachi Zosen Inova has been awarded a contract by the Istanbul city government to build a waste-to-energy plant on the outskirts of the city to process municipal solid waste.
The contract calls for the complete construction and installation of all equipment and the operating of and maintenance of all equipment at the plant in its first year of processing waste into power.
Hitachi Zosen Inova will work with the Turkish construction company Makyol on the design and building of the waste processing plant in the northwest area of the city close to the new airport, a statement released by the Swiss company said.
Once the plant becomes operational it will process about one million tons of communal solid waste and generate around 70 MWh of electricity a year, the statement said.
The waste-to-energy plant is the first of its kind to be built in Turkey and will be the largest of its kind in Europe. It will have three incineration lines to process about 15 percent of the municipal solid waste generated by the city’s inhabitants every year. Istanbul already has a plant processing waste into heat energy.
The contract was signed between the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality represented by Mayor Kadir Topbaş, and the consortium formed by Hitachi Zosen Inova and Makyol, represented by their respective CEO’s Franz-Josef Mengede and Adnan Çebi on September 11, 2017 following several years of planning and development.
Mengede told the contract signing ceremony that this is the Swiss company’s first project in Turkey and added that the region has enormous potential in terms of waste-to-energy projects.
The waste processing plant will be built solely by Turkish contractors and workers and a fifth of all the components needed for the construction of the plant will be manufactured by local companies, the Hitachi Zosen Inova statement said.