moves forward with plans to build Ontario plant
Covanta Holding Corp. revealed that its subsidiary,
Covanta Durham York Renewable Energy Limited Partnership, has
been given the green light to begin constructing a new $250 million,
140,000 ton-per-year waste-to-energy plant in Clarington, Ontario.
Covanta will design, build and operate the project, on which
design work has already begun.
Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed
by early 2014. Once operational, the mass-burn plant will be
capable of producing 17.5 megawatts of clean energy – enough
to power 10,000 homes. Steam generated by the facility could
be utilized for district heating in an industrial park adjacent
to the facility, heating the equivalent of 2,200 homes.
The Durham York energy-from-waste facility will serve as an integral
component of the comprehensive solid waste management program
of the Regions of Durham and York. The facility will only process
municipally collected household waste left over after the Regions’
aggressive diversion efforts, such as recycling and composting.
In April 2009, following an extensive competitive procurement
process and evaluation review, the Durham Regional Council selected
Covanta from a number of competing bids as the preferred vendor
to build, operate and maintain an energy-from-waste facility.
The project received a certificate of approval from the Ontario
Ministry of the Environment on June 28, 2011 that covers all
operational requirements and conditions. The emissions control
technology at the Durham York facility will establish it as one
of the cleanest energy-from-waste facilities in the world. It
is estimated that facility construction will create approximately
400 jobs over a three year period and once operational, is expected
to employ approximately 40 skilled workers on a full-time basis.