Ground was broken for the new waste to energy plant to be built in the west Polish city of Poznań on Thursday. The facility, located approximately 170 km from the border to Germany will have a capacity of 210,000 tonnes of waste per year and produce up to 18 MW of electricity and 34 MW of thermal energy, according to plant builder Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI). The wte facility is slated to be completed in the middle of 2016.
HZI is building the plant together with Hochtief Solutions AG and Hochtief Polska S.A. The consortium is under contract to Sita Zielona Energia, a joint venture of the waste management company Sita with Marguerite Waste Polska, an affiliate of the Marguerite Fund, an investment fund established by six European public financial institutions. The city of Poznań awarded the consortium a contract for the design, construction and financing of the wte plant as well as a follow-on operating contract for the plant running 25-years at the end of 2012. The building permit for the plant was granted on 16 April 2014.