Indaver starts up its thermal treatment plant again

On 5 March Indaver will put one of the three rotary kiln incinerators on its site in Antwerp back into operation. First of all, the plant will be heated up to the required treatment temperature, using pure fuel. It will be ready to treat waste again as of next week. The repairs to the two other thermal treatment plants on the site will take another few weeks to complete. These plants suffered damage to a number of measurement and control systems as a result of fire damage to the electrical circuit. Thanks in part to effective safety procedures there were no injuries from the incident.


Rotary kiln incinerator 1 back in operation

Following the explosion of a tanker on Friday 26 February the three rotary kiln incinerators were shut down. One thermal treatment plant only suffered limited damage in the blast. All parts of the plant have been tested thoroughly over the last few days. The plant can now be put back into operation safely. Once it has been heated sufficiently, it will be possible to treat waste in this plant again. The first waste to be treated will be solid waste from the bunker and liquid waste from the tank park. 

Treatment of bulk and tank park waste first

Most waste is delivered in bulk. This waste is then taken from the bunker and deposited in the rotary kilns filling shaft using grippers. Liquid waste is pumped into the kiln from the tank park via pipelines. 

Direct feed lines only put back into operation following a thorough safety review

For the time being liquid waste will not be taken directly from the tankers for treatment. The incident occurred with one of these tankers. This waste is taken to the kilns through a direct feed line. These direct feed lines were affected by the incident to varying degrees. Indaver is planning a thorough safety review of each individual feed point before putting these back into operation. There will also be a thorough re-evaluation of the acceptance criteria and treatment method with all of the customers that supply these waste products. 

Smooth collaboration with the emergency services and authorities involved

Indaver has been able to rely upon on a very smooth and constructive collaboration with the emergency services and government bodies involved both during the incident and for the follow-up process: the zone Antwerpen fire service, the civil protection, the environmental inspectorate, OVAM, Seveso, the Havenbedrijf and the local council. This support is one of the reasons why it has been possible to manage the incident quickly and efficiently and we have been able to guarantee that activities will resume safely. 

Clean up works have started on the incident zone

On Wednesday 2 March, Indaver started the clean-up operation on the zone that was destroyed by the incident. This will take until mid-March. Afterwards this zone will be remodelled.

Customer service provision

Indaver is working out solutions for its customer's waste either for it to be stored temporarily or treated elsewhere. The Indaver plants in Germany are functioning as a back-up for the waste streams that require more urgent treatment. Other specialist treatment centres in Europe have also been deployed for this purpose. 

Analysis of the cause of the incident

The analysis of the cause of the incident is still ongoing. A number of experts have visited the site to make assessments. However, it is not yet possible to give a definitive answer as to the precise cause. 


Further information

Inge Baertsoen, communications manager
+32 (0)497 970570


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