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Energy-from-Waste Facility

Covanta Camden Energy Recovery Center

Camden, New Jersey


The Covanta Camden Energy Recovery Center is a mass burn facility located in Southern New Jersey. It began commercial operation in July 1991, serving Camden County, NJ. The facility runs three boilers which process approximately 1,050 tons of solid waste each day and produces a net output of 21 megawatts. Covanta acquired the Camden facility in August 2013 from Foster Wheeler, which was the designer, builder, owner and operator of the facility.

Technical Data

Facility Address:
600 Morgan Blvd.
Camden NJ 08104
856-966-7990 (fax)


The site is comprised of approximately 18 acres located between I-676 and the Newton Creek, approximately 400 yards east of the Delaware River, and is adjacent to the border between the City of Camden and Gloucester City.

Commercial Operation:

July 1991

Energy-from-Waste System:

Three mass burn 350 ton per day boilers supplying steam to a common header spinning two 16.85MVA turbine generator sets. The boilers are fed by two overhead P&H motorized grapple cranes. Combustion is controlled by a ABB S+ distributed control system, and a Forney burner management system.

Boiler Design:

Three Foster Wheeler supplied heat recovery boilers, with Detroit Stoker fuel bed technology, each rated for up to 105,400 pounds of steam per hour at 650 per square inch gauge (psig) and 760 degree Fahrenheit.

Air Pollution Control Equipment:

The facility has Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SNCR) technology, installed in 2011 for the reduction of nitrogen oxides, activated carbon injection (ACI) for removal of mercury and dioxins, a spray-dryer absorber scrubber for acid gas neutralization and flue gas desulfurization, and an electrostatic precipitator (ESP) for particulate removal.

Rated Refuse Capacity:

Approximately 1,050 tons per day

Energy Generation at Rated Capacity:

The facility has two Franco-Tosi turbine generator sets coupled to ABB generators. Net output at full 3 boiler load is approximately 21 MW.

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