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Kelag wins £16m UK contract

10. April 2008

Austrian company Kelag has secured a lucrative contract to supply the waste processing technology for a £30m mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant in Cambridge, the largest deal in the Lustenau-based company’s history.   

The Austrian supplier of plants and machinery for the waste industry, Kelag Umwelttechnik GmbH , has won a major contract to supply the technology for a new £41 million mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire currently relies on landfill as a solution for dealing with the county’s household waste. But this is unsustainable and has to change following recent EU legislation which may otherwise result in fines and increased council tax. 

Donarbon Waste Management Ltd, the UK company which was awarded a 28-year, £730m PFI contract by Cambridgeshire County Council to deal with the county’s waste in 2007, chose the Austrian technology in preference to an alternative type of MBT proposed by Shanks and an energy from waste incineration option proposed by Waste Recycling Group. The £16m Kelag plant - which represents the largest deal in the Austrian company’s history - will receive nearly 200,000 tonnes of Cambridgeshire’s household waste and remove any remaining recyclable materials and process the organic element of the waste to reduce its volume and produce a compost-like soil which may be used for land restoration in the future.


Of the £16m, some £5m will be spent on front-end screening, shredding and sifting technology from another Austrian firm, Komptech . Komptech's UK subsidiary employs 14 people in Britain. Komptech is a leading international supplier of technology, machines, and plants for the mechanical and biological treatment of solid waste and biomass.

Kelag specialises in automatic rotting systems for enclosed composting halls for bio waste and municipal solid waste (MSW). The automatic turning of the windrow pile , combined with simultaneous homogenising, loosening, aerating and post-irrigation while transporting the windrow within the rotting hall has opened up new possibilities in composting.

Similar systems are already widely used in Austria, which is a world leader in recycling. For more information and suppliers please have a look at our 'Environmental Technology' brochure from the Austria Export series. On this page you will also find brochures for several other Austrian industry sectors.

Construction is set to begin in the next few weeks and the plant should be fully operational by September 2009.   

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