Covanta takes over waste-fired power plant in Florida

Covanta (NYSE: CVA) said Dec. 10 that it has assumed operations of the Pinellas County Resource Recovery Facility located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The company was selected to operate the facility for a 10-year term after a competitive procurement process. In addition to operations, Covanta is also doing a number of capital projects to improve operations of the facility.

“We are extremely pleased to have been chosen by Pinellas County to be the new operator of the Pinellas County Resource Recovery Facility,” said Anthony Orlando, Covanta president and chief executive officer. “We have a strong track record of successfully integrating and restoring facilities and we look forward to welcoming our new client and employees into the Covanta family.”

Covanta brings unique experience to this new operating agreement. As the Martin GmbH Technology licensee for North America, Covanta has a 30-year track record designing, constructing, operating and maintaining Electricity from Waste (EfW) facilities using the Martin GmbH technology employed at the Pinellas facility. The Martin technology is also used in 23 of Covanta’s facilities in North America.

In addition, Covanta has over 25 years of expertise in smoothly and efficiently taking over the operations of EfW facilities built and operated by others. Of the 42 EfW facilities Covanta operates in North America, 22 were transitioned from another company.

The Pinellas County Resource Recovery Facility processes approximately 3,150 tons of solid waste per day into enough clean renewable energy to power approximately 40,000 homes. The facility also recovers approximately 26,000 tons of metal annually for recycling. The Pinellas County website says that the plant can produce up to 75 MW, with about 60 MW sold to Duke Energy.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.