14 February 2020 by Joshua Doherty

HZI claims ‘highest efficiency’ for Newhurst EfW

Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), which has been selected to build Biffa’s 350,000 tonne per-year capacity energy from waste facility in Leicestershire, said this week that the plant will have one of the “highest efficiency rates in the world”.

The plant is being developed alongside joint venture partners Covanta and the Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG), after the companies teamed up in 2017 (see letsrecycle.com story).

Artist’s impression of the Newhurst EfW facility

Based in Newhurst, the facility will treat up to 350,000 tonnes of non-recyclable municipal solid waste per year, and is due to be operational in 2023.

Dry flue gas

HZI added that the energy from waste plant will feature the “continuously developed” model of HZI’s air-cooled reciprocating grate and Hitachi Zosen Inova’s XeroSorp dry flue gas treatment system.

Ingo Eifert, project director at HZI,said: “The plant is equipped with a highly efficient flue gas treatment system that fully complies with the most stringent emission limits, and often does noticeably better.

“The size and design of the flue gas treatment system are geared to enhancing energy efficiency and also deliver a positive impact on water use.”


The firm won the public tender to build the plant, which is expected to cost between £285-295 million to construct and is being built at the Newhurst Quarry site, near Shepshed and close to the M1 motorway.

The project is Hitachi’s twelfth energy from waste facility it has worked on in the UK, and its third with Covanta globally after similar completed projects in Dublin and Rookery South.

“The plant is equipped with a flue gas treatment system that fully complies with the most stringent emission limits “

Ingo Eifert, project director at HZI

Tom Koltis, Covanta’s executive director of European development, said: “HZI is a proven provider in delivering world-class energy from waste facilities, and we’re delighted to be working with them again on this important project.

“Collaborating on the basis of trust is a key factor in the successful delivery of a major project of this type”.


HZI –  which built FCC’s Millerhill plant in Scotland “ahead of schedule” –  will serve as overall turnkey contractor, delivering the construction,  procurement function and technology for the Newhurst project.

Once completed, the Newhurst facility will deliver 42 MW of electricity to the grid, enough to power around 80,000 homes.


Infrastructure will be on the agenda at the Resource Infrastructure Conference, to be held on 24 March. More information can be found here.


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