The new facility treats municipal and industrial waste that cannot be reused or recycled. Located on the Poolbeg peninsula, it will generate energy from up to 600,000 tonnes of waste per year that would otherwise go to landfill or be exported for thermal treatment abroad. Generating enough electricity for 80,000 homes annually, it also has the potential to provide district heating for the equivalent of a further 50,000 homes. The facility has been designed to provide highly efficient incineration which is classified as energy recovery in line with EU policy on waste and offers the best environmental solution to reduce waste, maximise recycling, minimise landfill, and generate energy from residual waste.
Dublin City Council appointed CDM Smith as the client’s representative for the construction and commissioning phases of the project. Construction commenced in 2014 and the facility became operational in late 2017. On behalf of the City Council, our team monitored the design and construction activities to ensure that the work meets the terms of the Public Private Partnership and all statutory requirements, licences and consents. We also reviewed factory acceptance testing of all major components, including the refuse crane, boiler plant, turbine generator and air pollution control equipment. In addition, our team provided commercial, legal, communications and environmental support to the City Council on the project.
The new waste to energy plant is essential infrastructure for the Dublin region.
We supervised the commissioning stages of the facility on behalf of the City Council, reviewing, evaluating and reporting on facility operating procedures and ensuring that the facility is compliant with all licence limits of the Environmental Protection Agency during the testing procedures. CDM Smith has also provided operational and environmental monitoring services for the City Council since the facility became operational in late 2017.