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Machinex installing MRF for new Scottish EfW plant

Levenseat waste energy plant

Recycling specialists to provide front-end sorting equipment for Levenseat waste-to-energy project

ACCORDING to Machinex, installation of front-end sorting equipment for a major energy from waste (EfW) project in Lanarkshire, Scotland, is progressing on schedule for the plant to be completed in 2017.  

The £110 million EfW facility – developed by Levenseat Renewable Energy Ltd – is said to be the first-of-a-kind project in the UK, combining fluidized bed gasification technology and refuse derived fuel (RDF).

It has been designed to process up to 42 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste per hour, along with municipal solid waste. The materials recovery facility (MRF) itself will produce a minimum of 100,000 tonnes of RDF per annum to be burned in the adjacent power plant. 

The MRF will have the capability to maximize the recovery of high-value recyclable materials such as wood, metals, plastics, paper and cardboard. It will also produce a solid recovered fuel (SRF) stream from the super-light and high calorific non-recyclable waste commodities. 

Machinex were appointed by engineering firm M+W Group to provide MRF equipment for the site. To meet the objectives of the plant, Machinex are installing four shredders, a trommel, a waste screen, three air separators, two Mach Ballistic separators, three Mach Hyspec optical sorting units, a belt dryer and two single ram balers. 

To ensure the quality of RDF recovered from the stream of fines, which includes wet organic waste, belt-drying technology is being installed. The continuous dryer is self-sustainable and will use heat generated by the waste-to-energy plant adjacent to the MRF to operate.

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