Veolia will continue to operate a 180 GW-hour per year waste-to-energy facility in Greater Rouen, France, having been awarded a contract worth an estimated $136.24m to do so.

The company announced it has been selected by the Greater Rouen waste disposal authority (SMEDAR) via a competitive tender process to continue to operate the VESTA plant, at Rouen, in the north-central region of France.
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. 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.