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Viridor, one of the largest recycling, energy recovery, and waste management companies in the UK, has selected Finnish automation systems company Valmet to maintain six waste-to-energy plants.

Valmet will provide maintenance and technical support, cybersecurity services, lifecycle services and upgrades for the plants’ automation systems.

The services will ensure the availability and security of the systems in the future. The two companies signed an agreement during the second quarter of 2020.

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Spare parts and repairs, lifecycle plans, and automation upgrades will be carried out additionally by demand.

Dave Field, Viridor director of engineering, said: “We have selected Valmet for a new three-year, multi-site service agreement of the distributed control systems within our Energy Recovery Facilities. This is based upon the positive experience we have had with Valmet’s expertise and support across our fleet since the completion of our very first energy from waste plant.”

Samuel Assuming, UK area service manager, automation, Valmet, adds: “We have had a positive relationship with Viridor for a long time, and we appreciate their trust for our services and Valmet in general. Our proactive services and response times are highly valued by Viridor as it makes system-related downtime negligible. With this service agreement, Viridor’s automation system will be even better protected and up to date in the future as well.”

Valmet has previously supplied Valmet DNA distributed control systems and services to Viridor’s waste-to-energy plants in Ardley, Beddington, Cardiff, Dunbar, Peterborough, and Runcorn.