Mayor of the Serbian capital Belgrade, Sinisa Mali said that French company Suez is planning to start the construction of waste-to-energy facility at the Vinca landfill by the end of this year.
Last October, Suez announced that it has signed an agreement, as a part of a consortium with IEnvironment Investments Limited, a subsidiary of Japanese company Itochu, to invest 300 million euros in the construction of waste-to-energy facility in Belgrade. This project will allow local government to close and remediate the Vinca landfill and produce over 80 MW of heat and electricity, all from a renewable source. The waste-to-energy facility will be built by a joint venture of Suez and Itochu, in which both companies have equal shares, and will have an installed electricity capacity of 25 MW and heat capacity of 56 MW, processing some 340,000 tons of waste annually.
In addition, a dedicated facility will process 200,000 tons of construction and demolition waste per year. A new waste disposal designed in accordance with European standards will dispose of residual waste pending the development of the new city’s recycling policy. Following the completion of the construction, performed by French industrial engineering contractor CNIM and Serbian civil engineering group Energoprojekt, which is planned for 2021, the facilities will be operated by Suez for a 25-year term under a public-private partnership agreement.
In July 2017, local government said that a consortium of Suez and Itochu was the only bidder in a tender for a public-private partnership for the processing of urban waste in Vinca. The tender was organized with the support of International Finance Corporation (IFC).