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Ontario energy-from-waste facility gets green light

By Design Engineering Staff   

General Durham

Covanta Energy to begin construction of the Durham York Energy Centre.

Clarington, On. — Covanta Holding Corporation subsidiary, Covanta Durham York Renewable Energy Limited Partnership, has received the a green light from the Durham and York, Ontario regions for the construction of a 140,000 tonne-per-year energy-from-waste facility in the Municipality of Clarington, Ontario.

Covanta will design, build and operate the approximately $250 million project to be funded and owned by the regions of Durham and York. The company says design work has commenced and construction is scheduled to begin the fall of 2011, with operations beginning in 2014.

The Durham York Energy-from-Waste facility will process municipally collected household waste left over after recycling and composting. According to the company, the facility will be capable of producing 17.5 megawatts, enough to power approximately 10,000 homes, when operating at design capacity. In the future, steam generated at the facility could be utilized for district heating in an industrial park adjacent to the facility, heating the equivalent of 2,200 homes. The facility will also recover ferrous and non-ferrous metals for recycling.



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