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Industry News


Valmet signs an automation service agreement with Viridor in the UK


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n 8 September it was announced that Valmet and Viridor have signed a three-


year service agreement for six waste-to-energy plants in the United Kingdom. The agreement covers maintenance and technical support, cybersecurity services and lifecycle services and upgrades for the plants’ automation systems, helping to ensure the availability and security of the systems also in the future. The agreement was signed during the second quarter of 2020.


“We have selected Valmet for a


new three-year, multi-site service agreement of the distributed control systems within our Energy Recovery Facilities. This is based upon the positive experience we have had with Valmet’s expertise and support across our fleet since the completion of our very first energy from waste plant,” says Dave Field, Viridor Director of Engineering (Energy). “We have had a positive


relationship with Viridor for a long time, and we appreciate their trust for our services and Valmet in


general. Our proactive services and response times are highly valued by Viridor as it makes system- related downtime negligible. With this service agreement, Viridor’s automation system will be even better protected and up-to-date in the future as well,” says Samuel Asuming, UK Area Service Manager, Automation, Valmet. The long-term relationship is further strengthened by the service agreement. Valmet has previously supplied


Valmet DNA distributed control systems and services to Viridor’s


waste-to-energy plants in Ardley, Beddington, Cardiff, Dunbar, Peterborough and Runcorn. Now the agreements and services associated with each site have been unified with one service agreement covering all the plants. Maintenance and technical


support, cybersecurity services and lifecycle services for the plants’ automation systems are covered by the new service agreement. Spare parts and repairs, lifecycle plans, and automation upgrades are carried out additionally by demand.


£100 million Green Jobs Fund and £25 million Transition Training Fund for Scotland


The First Minister has today announced a £100 million Green Jobs Fund and a £25 million National Transition Training Fund, which will provide green skills to support Scotland’s transition to net zero. The announcement echoes Scottish Renewables’ call for a Renewable Transition Training Fund. Responding, Claire Mack, Chief


Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “The First Minister’s declaration of a £100 million


2 Forest Bioenergy Review Autumn 2020


Green Jobs Fund and a £25 million National Transition Training Fund are significant steps forward not just for our industry, which will require a large number of skilled employees as we work towards our net-zero target, but also for all those people whose careers are not compatible with that target. “Scottish Renewables has worked


hard with politicians from all parties over the past four months to make the case that renewable energy


should be at the very heart of a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. We are pleased that our suggestion of funding to refocus careers and businesses on the provision of green skills to support Scotland’s transition to net-zero has found a place in this Programme for Government, and look forward to working with the Scottish Government as it further develops its plans in the coming months. “In particular, in it important


that Scotland’s skills and enterprise agencies and skills providers work in tandem with industry to ensure that skills which are delivered are those which are required. We are also keen that the development of a Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence takes place in Scotland to provide a physical base for the reshaping of our economy in the decades leading to the 2045 net-zero target.”


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