Vieste Energy LLC, a Chicago, Illinois-based base load renewable energy development entity, chose Abengoa to build a plant that will produce electricity from the gasification of municipal solid waste in the city of Glendale, Arizona.
The waste-to-energy project includes both the construction of the plant and its operation and maintenance for 30 years. The total investment will reach $110 million.
Under contract to Vieste Energy, Abengoa will undertake the design and construction of the plant, and its subsequent operation and maintenance, for a period of 30 years. Abengoa will not maintain an interest in the assets it constructs. The construction period will last for about 20 months, during which about 50 jobs will be created directly and indirectly.
The project includes the receipt, sorting and recycling of up to 180,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year. A gasification based process will be used that will allow the maximum use of municipal solid waste fractions. Up to 350 tons of gas will be produced each day, which will be used to generate 15 MW of electricity. The material processing portion of the project has commenced with the balance of the project following shortly behind.