Indaver starts up its thermal treatment plant again
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.
Inge Baertsoen, communications manager
+32 (0)497 970570
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