Covanta Essex Company
Newark, New Jersey
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The Essex County Resource Recovery Facility, owned and operated by Covanta Energy, is New Jersey's largest waste-to-energy facility. Operating as Covanta Essex Company, the facility serves the refuse disposal needs of 22 municipalities in Essex County and the surrounding region.
Covanta Essex opened in 1990, boasting one of the smoothest plant start-ups in industry history. Today, the facility combusts 2,800 tons per day of municipal solid waste and generates approximately 65 megawatts of electricity for sale.
Essex County, New Jersey, sponsored the facility, and the project's design and construction employed the largest minority business enterprise plan in New Jersey history. The reduction of the county's landfill requirements and the recovery of energy from the Essex County solid waste stream in an environmentally sound manner are among the benefits the facility brings to the community.
In 1995, Covanta Essex was designated as a U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star Facility, a program designed for exemplary worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health management systems. Covanta has over 40 national VPP Star locations.
183 Raymond Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07105
Primary Service Area:
25 years with provisions for extensions
Tax-exempt Revenue Bonds plus private equity
County municipalities guarantee to deliver a combined minimum of 680,000 tons per year.
Electricity generation for plant use and export to the PJM grid.
2,800 tons per day
Number of Process Lines:
Three @ 933 tons per day
Type of Stoker Grate:
Duesseldorf Roller Grate System
Steam Conditions at Boiler Outlet:
211,000 lbs/hr @ 650 psia/7500F
Two 35 nominal megawatt units
Air Quality Control:
Three DBA electrostatic precipitators and three spray dry scrubber systems
Secondary Materials Recovery:
Recovery of ferrous (steel) materials from post-incinerated ash