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    Dublin Waste to Energy Project, Dublin Bay

The Waste to Energy PROJECT

The Dublin Waste-to-Energy project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Dublin City Council (acting on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities) and Covanta, a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions, to provide a thermal treatment plant to treat municipal waste that cannot be reused or recycled. Located in Poolbeg, in Dublin Port, the plant will generate energy from up to 600,000 tonnes of waste per year that would otherwise go to landfill and will generate enough electricity for up to 80,000 homes annually, as well as district heating for up to a further 50,000 homes. The US company Covanta is the world’s largest operator of waste-to-energy facilities. The plant has been designed to provide highly efficient incineration and is classified as energy recovery in line with EU policy on waste. It is part of the Dublin Regional Waste Management Plan which offers the best environmental solution to reduce waste, maximise recycling, minimise landfill, and generate energy from residual waste. The project received planning approval from An Bord Pleanála in November 2007; it was granted a waste license by the Environmental Protection Agency in December 2008, and received authorisations from the Commission for Energy Regulation in September 2009. Construction work commenced in October 2014 and is targeted to be completed in early 2017, with the plant to be fully commissioned by the end of 2017.

Latest News

Dublin Waste to Energy Progress Update

The hot commissioning of the plant is ongoing with the steam blows almost 80% completed.  Over the coming days trucks will be seen delivering waste to the plant to enable commissioning of the weighbridge and bunker cranes.  It is expected that the  first fire of waste will occur within seven working days of first waste acceptance.  Dublin Waste to Energy will send out a further information bulletin closer to this time.

For all enquiries concerning the plant, please call 01-6032100 (select option 0).  This is effective from Monday the 24th of April 2017.

Hot Commissioning Works Notice

Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd would like to notify members of the public of our hot commissioning works over the coming weeks.

The works over the coming days and weeks will be as follows:

  • Dry out of Refractory bricks on the boilers using temporary oil burners. This will continue for approximately 48 hours after commencement of the process during which time steam will be emitted from the facility.
  • Following the boil outs the boiler tubes and piping will need to be cleaned out using steam. Again steam will be visible from the facility and there may also be some noise associated with this operation.

During these works no waste will be delivered and/or treated at the plant.   Closer to the commencement of the waste acceptance we will provide further information.

We have now put in place an email address for the public to communicate directly with the plant ENVDublin@covanta.com

Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd.


Issue 1 of the Covanta Newsletter is now available – Covanta Newsletter Issue 1

Covanta is in the process of staffing the Dublin Waste to Energy Facility in preparation for start-up in early 2017.

Full details of any vacancies as they arise are available at http://www.covanta.com/en/careers/career-search.aspx. All applications are to be submitted online via Covanta’s website. If your desired position is not available at this time, we encourage you to create an applicant account and set up a job search agent. Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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