On the 12th of November, Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd. received its 2,000,000th tonne of waste since the start of operations in 2017. The milestone delivery came from Panda Waste Services Ltd..
Since operations commenced, the facility has exported over 1.5million Mwh of electricity into the National Grid, enough power for over 100,000 households each year. Most the waste processed by the facility has come from the greater Dublin area.
“This accomplishment is a result of the monumental effort made by all personnel working here, and they should be congratulated and thanked for their efforts,” said Kieran Mullins, Project Director of Dublin Waste to Energy. “The renewable energy generated by this waste to energy facility has replaced the need for about one million tonnes of fossil fuels.”
Mullins added, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the plant, as an essential service, has continued to operate safely through the implementation and observance of extremely strict protocols. It has served as one of the main outlets in Ireland for waste treatment during this period.”
The facility is also ready to act as the baseload for the Dublin District Heating system, which will provide enough heat for over 50,000 homes and is expected to come on stream in 2022/2023.
Since the commencement of operations in 2017, Dublin Waste to Energy has exported its residual non-hazardous Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) to the Netherlands for resource recovery. Working with partners in Ireland, the company has developed an on-island recovery solution for this material and it will now be processed at the AES Resource Recovery Facility in Co. Kildare. This change will allow the eventual reuse of this material as aggregate and the advanced recovery of metal for recycling.
For the time being, IBA will be transported in dedicated vehicles, but the company is working with partners to maintain the same amount of truck movements in and out of the Dublin Waste-to-Energy Facility. In the coming weeks, vehicles delivering waste to the facility will also collect the IBA and transport it to AES, thereby eliminating any increased vehicle movements from this change. Even with the short-term dedicated vehicle movements, truck traffic into and out of the facility remain lower than originally envisaged during the planning process.
This sensible change is an example of Ireland sustainably managing its own waste and using it as a resource on the island and a real life example of the Circular Economy in action.
1 October 2020 - Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd. will be conducting the second of its 2020 bi-annual maintenance programs commencing the 10th of October for three weeks. During this period there will be times when reduced or no steam will be released from the stacks. This is due to boilers being taken off-line to enable full plant inspections, ensuring that the plant can continue reliable operations with emissions significantly below required licence limits.
4 June 2020 - Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd. will be conducting the first of its 2020 bi-annual maintenance programs commencing the 7th of June for two weeks. During this period, there will be times when reduced or no steam will be released from the stacks. This is due to boilers being taken off-line to enable full plant inspections, ensuring that the plant can continue reliable operations with emissions significantly below required licence limits.
10 April 2020 - In honour of everyone on the front lines fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the Dublin Waste to Energy Facility will be lighting up blue every evening beginning Saturday, the 11th of April.
“The doctors, nurses, emergency services, healthcare workers and hospital staff battling the coronavirus are truly inspirational. Their commitment and dedication to providing critical care during the pandemic deserves to be recognized and appreciated,” said Kieran Mullins, Project Director for Dublin Waste to Energy. "We chose the colour blue as it represents health and healing, which we wish for everyone in Ireland throughout these very difficult times.”
The Dublin Waste to Energy facility is an essential part of national infrastructure during the COVID-19 crisis and has remained in operation during this period to ensure that waste disposal and energy generation services continue in a safe and sustainable manner.
The Dublin Waste to Energy facility is an essential part of the National Infrastructure during the COVID-19 crisis and will remain in operation during this period to ensure that waste disposal and energy generation services continue in a safe and sustainable manner. For the protection of the essential personnel that remain on site, new protocols and safety measures have been implemented and visitors are restricted from entering the site until further notice.
Dublin Waste to Energy is featured in an episode of a new environmentally-themed podcast for young people. 16-year-old reporter and climate activist James Dunne toured the facility and interviewed Project Director Kieran Mullins about how the operation works and how it benefits the community.
The result is a segment on Episode 3 of the "Ecolution" podcast, which aired November 13 on RTÉjr Radio, as part of a special RTÉ on Climate week of programming. The podcast can also be heard here.
13 November 2019 - To coincide with Science Week, What Planet Are You On? is a factual reality series funded by Science Foundation Ireland.
Over the course of 3x one hour shows, the series will follow three households tackling real challenges in the areas of water, waste, energy and food in their homes.
Three households, the Gannons in Tuam, Galway, County Galway, the Mc Kevitts in Mullingar, County Westmeath and the Cullens in Finglas, Dublin welcomed cameras into their homes, which were retro fitted with; water flow meters to measure every drop of H2O used. Smart plugs and a new electricity monitoring device called a Smappee recorded every Watt consumed by the households and their bins were taken away each week to be assessed.
Crunching the numbers, four Experts in their fields; Professor JJ Leahy for energy use inside and outside the home, Professor Fiona Regan for water use, Dr. Marco Springmann on diet and Dr. Brian Kelleher on waste. Presented by Maia Dunphy and filmed on the Tipping Floor in the Dublin Waste To Energy Facility, the series will highlight how we can all make small changes and have a big effect on our environment.
Airing Tuesday the 12th, Wednesday the 13th and Thursday the 14th of November 2019 on RTÉ One. Learn more here.
Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd. has installed car charging stations in its parking lot for use by employees and visitors. The energy for these stations comes from the plant itself. This is a real demonstration of waste being converted to energy--cars fueled by waste! It also is consistent with the Irish government’s policy of increasing the number of electric cars on the road as new diesel cars will be banned beginning in 2030.
The charging stations already are being used on a daily basis, with plans for more as the number of electric cars in Ireland increases.
13 June 2019 - Dublin Waste to Energy Limited will soon be seeking a review of the licence granted by the EPA in order to increase the permitted annual quantity of waste that can be accepted and treated at the Facility from 600,000 tpa to 690,000 tpa.
The increase in capacity will help treat a portion of the circa 720,000 tonnes of municipal waste that is currently being exported for recovery via thermal treatment in Europe or being disposed of via landfill in Ireland.
Importantly, no physical modification to the Facility is required to manage the additional capacity and emissions will continue to remain within the licence limits for air and water. In addition, the proposal will not result in any additional traffic on the road network in excess of the anticipated amount when consent was granted for the Facility.
Should you have any questions on the proposal, please submit queries here.
26 March 2019 - Dublin Waste to Energy facility has announced that it has accepted its one millionth tonnes of residual waste at its facility at Poolbeg in Dublin. It was delivered by Keywaste Ltd. who is one of the companies contracted to deliver waste to the facility.
Dublin Waste to Energy facility has been operating since June 2017 and currently accepts 600,000 tonnes of waste per annum. Since it began its operation it has produced over 700,000 megawatt hours of electricity resulting in over 100,000 homes being supplied with renewable energy.
John Daly, General Manager of Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd said, “This is a key milestone in the operation of the facility and demonstrates the demand in Ireland for diverting waste away from landfill. The performance of the Dublin Waste to Energy facility also means that 600,000 tonnes per annum have not been exported to other European countries, or landfilled, and instead the waste was converted to energy locally. Therefore, Ireland has become much more self-sufficient as a result of the Dublin Waste to Energy facility.”
Mr. Daly went on to say that, “The generation of renewable energy from residual waste has helped Ireland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and correspondingly reduce its dependence on fossil fuels as an energy source. I want to congratulate the team here in Dublin Waste to Energy who continuously ensure we are outperforming the original expectations of the facility and continue to operate in a safe and efficient environment.
Mr. Mark Butler, Managing Director of Keywaste Ltd. stated that “The Dublin Waste to Energy facility has been a great addition to the waste management industry in Ireland. It is great for our customer base to know that their waste is being converted into electricity which ultimately supplies their homes. Keywaste is delighted and proud to have delivered the one millionth tonne to the facility.”
7 March 2019 - Currently, Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd. is conducting the first of its 2019 bi-annual maintenance programs. During this period, there will be times when reduced or no steam will be released from the stacks. This is due to boilers being taken off-line to enable full plant inspections, ensuring that the plant can continue reliable operations with emissions significantly below required licence limits.
26 March 2018 - Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd. has agreed to enter a plea to certain alleged noncompliances with its licence conditions during the very first days of commissioning of the Dublin Waste to Energy Facility in June 2017. Details of the plea were entered with the court on Monday 26 March.
Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd. is pleased to have resolved this case and that, given the nature of the noncompliances, the court applied the probation act. The company looks forward to demonstrating its enduring commitment to the safe and environmentally sound operation of the facility.
Overall, the new facility is performing extremely well and operating significantly below required licence limits. Continuous emissions monitoring data and four sets of different stack test results have been performed by independent third party testing since the facility began generating electricity at the end of August 2017. The results show emission limit values at only 2%-3% of the allowable amount.
18 December 2017 – Covanta, the owner and operator of the Dublin Waste to Energy Facility and Macquarie Group Limited subsidiary Green Investment Group Limited (GIG), a leading investor in green infrastructure, today announced a multi-project partnership agreement to jointly develop and fund new waste-to-energy projects in the UK and Ireland.
GIG brings substantial in-market expertise, relationships and credibility, with a tremendous track record and capabilities for sourcing, developing, investing, financing, executing and managing large-scale renewable infrastructure projects. GIG has underscored its commitment to the partnership by investing into the joint venture resulting in a 50 per cent stake in the Dublin Waste-to-Energy Facility.
The creation of this partnership and investment by GIG into the Dublin project will enable continued international development and growth on a consistent and repeatable basis.
Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Covanta said: “I am very excited about our new strategic partnership. GIG is a highly experienced and committed partner that understands the value of waste-to-energy assets and our development and operational capabilities.
“This arrangement and investment by GIG into the Dublin project will enable continued international development and growth on a consistent and repeatable basis. GIG and Covanta have highly complementary skills and resources, making this a powerful partnership to execute a robust combined pipeline of opportunities.”
Edward Northam, Head of GIG in Europe, said: “We are delighted to have signed a partnership agreement with Covanta, a world-leading owner and operator of waste-to-energy facilities. The projects developed under the partnership will extract energy from residual waste that would otherwise be lost to landfill, avoiding harmful methane emissions.
“We are also pleased to announce GIG’s first investment in the Republic of Ireland. Investing in Covanta’s landmark Dublin project is the first step in realising the potential of the partnership. As it enters its first full year in operations in 2018, the state-of-the-art facility will help ensure Ireland continues to meet its landfill diversion targets.”
Separately, Covanta recently completed a comprehensive refinancing of the original capital structure of the Dublin Waste to Energy project, significantly extending maturities and reducing cost. A syndicate of lenders including the local Irish banks of Bank of Ireland and AIB as well as the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund participated.
The plant, located at Dublin Port, is capable of processing at least 600,000 tonnes of residual waste annually and generates enough low-carbon electricity to power approximately 100,000 homes and in addition has the ability to provide district heating for up to 50,000 homes.
The Dublin Waste to Energy facility is now operating at full capacity, processing approximately 1,800 tonnes of solid waste per day, diverting post-recycled residual waste from landfills, reducing Ireland’s reliance on imported fossil fuel by generating 60 megawatts of continuous electricity that’s exported onto the national grid and enabling the region to become self-sufficient in managing waste and complying with EU landfill diversion targets.
Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta’s modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 20 million tonnes of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle approximately 500,000 tonnes of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today’s most complex environmental challenges.For more information, visit www.covanta.com.
About Green Investment Group Limited (GIG)
Green Investment Group is a specialist in green infrastructure principal investment, project delivery and the management of portfolio assets, and related services. Its track record, expertise and capability make it a global leader in green investment, dedicated to supporting the growth of the global green economy.The business was launched initially by the UK Government in 2012 as the first institution of its type in the world. The organisation was acquired by the diversified financial group Macquarie Group Limited in 2017, creating one of Europe’s largest teams of dedicated green infrastructure investors, and now operates under the name Green Investment Group.For more information, visit www.greeninvestmentgroup.com.
About Macquarie Group
Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie) is a diversified financial group, providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. Founded in 1969, Macquarie employs 13,966 people in 27 countries. At 30 September 2017, Macquarie had assets under management of £277.2 billion.For further information, visit www.macquarie.com.
14 December 2018 - The Dublin Waste to Energy Facility has quickly become a city landmark, shining brightly alongside other iconic sites including City Hall and Trinity College, as part of the Winter Lights Dublin City event. The Dublin City Council holiday initiative has enveloped city streets and buildings with festive cheer from enhanced Christmas lights and projections between sunset and 2 a.m. The city hopes the event will give people another reason to visit Dublin and view this exciting new seasonal experience.
30 November 2017 - The Dublin Waste-to-Energy Facility at Poolbeg in Dublin Port, is operating at full capacity, providing a much-needed sustainable waste management solution and renewable energy supply for the Dublin region. The project is a Public Private Partnership between Dublin City Council (acting on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities) and Covanta, a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions.
The facility is processing approximately 1,800 tonnes of solid waste per day, diverting post-recycled residual waste from landfills and enabling the region to become self-sufficient in managing waste and complying with EU landfill diversion targets. The facility is also reducing Ireland’s reliance on imported fossil fuel, and contributing to Ireland’s renewable energy targets, by generating 60 megawatts of continuous electricity which is exported onto the national grid – enough to power 100,000 Irish homes.
As part of the commissioning process, an independent third party testing company completed stack emissions testing for both combustion lines at the facility. The purpose of the testing was to evaluate if emissions complied with the emission limit values as set out in the licence granted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Industrial Emissions Directive. Results from the testing demonstrated that the emissions were significantly below the limits required and that 99.99% of the volume leaving the stack is comprised of gases common to air including, oxygen, hydrogen nitrogen and water vapour.
In addition to these gases, trace amounts of other common gases (less than 0.01 % of the total plume emissions) are contained in the discharge from the stacks and are strictly controlled by state-of-the-art air pollution control equipment. For example, dioxins and furans measured 98.14% below licence limits and total particulate matter was determined to be 96.37% below licence limits. Additional emissions information and a summary table of the full stack test results can be viewed here.
The General Manager of the Dublin Waste-to-Energy Facility, John Daly, said that he and the facility staff are delighted to be operating at full capacity, having processed 150,000 tonnes of waste in the three months, August, September and October, and are particularly gratified with the findings of the recent independent monitoring of the plant emissions.
“The successful completion of the Performance Demonstration Test and the transition into commercial operations marks a great milestone for the Dublin facility. Testing and commissioning is a complex process, testing thousands of systems, sensors and controls in the plant, and the May to October period was devoted to testing and re-testing every part of the operation. As with any major infrastructure project, there are challenges along the way, but I’m proud of the way our team has persevered and overcome any difficulties in the commissioning process. The outstanding results from the independent emissions testing are extremely gratifying”, he said.
There are over 200 operating conditions within the EPA issued licence applying to the two processing lines at the Poolbeg facility and the work of the commissioning process includes checking, stressing and testing literally thousands of systems to ensure that these conditions can be satisfied during steady state operation.
The bulk of the waste that the facility will burn each year is delivered via the Port Tunnel, and direct deliveries are comprised only of waste collected within a narrow radius of the plant. Fixed routes are followed to limit the impact on residential areas in the vicinity of the facility.
“We continue to strive to ensure that there is no adverse traffic impact on the local community. Indeed, there was considerably greater traffic movement in and out of the plant over the previous three year construction phase, during which the workforce peaked at well over 1,000”, Mr. Daly said.
The facility has also been designed and built with technology and infrastructure to provide energy in the form of district heating to meet the equivalent needs of over 50,000 homes. The heat could be deployed as soon as the necessary piping to homes in the area has been installed. Dublin City Council is actively examining ways and means in which this might be done.
Under the planning conditions for the Poolbeg plant, Covanta has also contributed to a Community Gain Fund which is being administered for social and community projects in the catchment area of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount. In addition to an opening capital contribution of €10.4 million made by the company, Covanta will also contribute €1 (index linked) for every tonne of waste burned at the Poolbeg plant over the 45 year plant licence period. To date, a total of 32 organisations in the catchment area have been allocated €4.8 million, and further capital grants will be awarded in the coming months. More information on the fund and recipients can be found here.
13 October 2017 - An independent third party testing company recently completed stack emissions testing for both combustion lines at the Dublin Waste to Energy facility. The purpose of the testing was to evaluate if emissions complied with the emission limit values (ELV) as set out in the facility’s licence that was granted by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and was required as a component of the facility commissioning process. Results from the testing demonstrated that the emissions were significantly below the limits required. Highlights include: Dioxins and Furans - 98.14% below licence limits and Total Particulate Matter - 96.37% beneath licence limits. A summary table of the results can be downloaded at the link below.
22 August 2017 - The Dublin Waste to Energy Facility’s turbine generator was successfully connected and synchronized to the electrical grid. Initially, the turbine generator will operate at a reduced capacity, generating enough electricity to power plant operations while further testing is completed. At full output, the facility will generate approximately 60 megawatts of electricity – enough to power 100,000 area homes. Additional commissioning and testing of the facility continues to progress on schedule.
21 July 2017 - Dublin Waste to Energy will shortly commence waste firing on Line 2. This is scheduled to take place over this coming weekend. Further updates will be available in due course.
2 June 2017 - Late on Thursday 1 June 2017, the Dublin Waste to Energy facility reached the important “first fire” milestone, meaning that waste was treated for the first time. At this time, waste is only being processed in Boiler #1, with Boiler #2 to follow shortly. During this initial phase of operation the plant will start-up and shut-down on several occasions as system optimization tests are carried out. This is normal during the start-up of a plant of this nature. The plant will continue to take waste for treatment at a steady rate during this period. Over the coming months, waste volumes accepted will be increased as the facility reaches optimal performance and is synchronized to the electrical grid. Full commercial operation is expected to be achieved in the autumn of 2017.
24 May 2017 - Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd. will resume waste acceptance on Friday 26th May 2017, with first fire on waste planned in the coming days. Should you have any queries or concerns please email ENVDublin@covanta.com or call (01) 603 2100 (Dial 0 to speak with a staff member).
5 May 2017 - Steam blowing is now complete and the relevant equipment to enable part of the hot commissioning has been dismantled. Hot commissioning will continue this week using oil only to fire the burners. This will happen later today and steam will be visible emanating from the start-up vent on the roof. This will continue into Thursday and Friday. No waste will be treated this week. A further update will be posted closer to first fire of waste.
3 May 2017 - The steam blows referred to in the previous progress update have now been completed. During this part of the commissioning program only fuel oil was used for the heating of the boilers. No waste has been treated to-date. The small quantities of waste received at the site has been used for the purpose of commissioning the weighbridge and the cranes. Dublin Waste to Energy will send out a further information bulletin closer to when first fire of waste will commence.
For all enquiries concerning the plant, please call 01-6032100 (select option 0) or email ENVDublin@covanta.com
April 2017 - Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd would like to notify members of the public of our hot commissioning works over the coming weeks.
The works over the coming days and weeks will be as follows:
During these works no waste will be delivered and/or treated at the plant.We have now put in place an email address for the public to communicate directly with the plant ENVDublin@covanta.com.