Veolia renews contract to operate waste-to-energy plant in France

By Erin Voegele | June 12, 2018

Veolia recently announced that it has been awarded a contract that will allow it to continue to operate a 180-gigawatt-hour-per-year waste-to-energy in France for an additional six and a half years.

On June 5, Veolia announced it has been selected by the Greater Rouen waste disposal authority (SMEDAR) via a competitive tender process to continue to operate the VESTA waste-to-energy plant, which is located in Rouen, a city in the north-central region of France.

The contract is worth an estimated €116 million ($136.24 million).

The VESTA plant is designed to handle and recover up to 325,000 metric tons of household and assimilated waste collected from across the region. Treated in three furnace lines at temperatures of 1,000 degrees Celsius, the waste generates to up 180 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year of electricity. Approximately 125 GWh per year of that output is sold to the French electricity grid. The facility also produces approximately 85 GWh per year of thermal energy, which goes to the city’s district heating network.

“Working with the delegated authority, this renewal provides us with the opportunity to review all our operation parameters in order to maximize the plant’s overall performance,” said Patrice Dupray, president of SMEDAR, in a statement. “The ultimate aim is to make electricity production more efficient and improve the supply of thermal  power to the Vésuve district heating network.”

 “This new contract reflects SMEDAR’s trust in Veolia’s expertise around operational performance and integrating digital technology into our service solutions for local authorities, such as the Urban Board app,” said Bernard Harambillet, CEO of Waste Recycling & Recovery Business.