A new energy-from-waste incineration facility, called Isseane, has opened on the banks of the Seine to the west of Paris.

Using residual waste as a fuel, the centre will generate 52 MWe and produce heat and hot water equivalent to the needs of 79,000 homes. This energy is classified as a 50% renewable resource by the European Commission.

The centre, which processes the residual waste produced by more than one million residents from five districts to the west of Paris and 20 outlying towns, has a capacity of 460,000 tonnes per year, as well as a recycling centre capable of handling 55,000 tonnes of materials per year.

Commissioned by SYCTOM, the largest public authority with responsibility for waste disposal in France, the new centre is being operated by TSI, a partnership between TIRU Group (part of EDF) and SITA. It replaces an existing energy from waste facility that had served the city for forty years.

Ian Crummack, managing director of TIRU UK, says: ‘This new facility in Paris is the largest of its type in Europe. In capacity it is on a par with the EfW plant proposed for London at the Belvedere site, but it has not been surrounded by years of controversy – largely because people in mainland Europe understand far better the benefits of this type of facility, especially the ability to deliver combined heat and power.’