New plant in Konin, Poland, turns rubbish into power

The construction of a new thermal municipal waste-processing plant in Konin, central Poland, is the centre-piece of a major project that promises to benefit the local environment and the region’s 370 000 residents.

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Waste from Konin and the surrounding administrative districts of Koniński, Kolski, Słupecki and Turecki is to be sent to the plant, which can produce heat and electricity as by-products of the incineration process through co-generation. Building the plant allows for the reorganisation of the area’s municipal waste management systems. The project also includes plans to reclaim 14 local landfill sites.

High-tech solution

Construction of the new thermal waste-processing plant includes the following elements: an incineration unit, including furnace with boiler, ash removal and de-slagging systems, flues and air ducts; a steam power unit with turbine, heat exchanger, generator and pipelines; a flue-gas cleaning system and options for the transport and storage of ash and exhaust gas residues; a building for the site’s administration and social requirements; internal roads, parking and landscaping; and a maintenance workshop and laboratory.

When fully operational, the plant is expected to handle around 94 000 Mg/year of mixed municipal waste. Its incineration line will be capable of dealing with 12.05 Mg. of waste every hour and will run for at least 7 800 hours per year. The project is intended to directly deliver 48 jobs upon completion of works.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Improvement of waste management in the sub-region of Konin” is EUR 95 168 904, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 35 506 203 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Waste Management and Protection of the Earth”.

Draft date

25/11/2014