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Press release
SPIE participating in unique Attero recycling plant

Hoogezand, the Netherlands, May 3rd, 2017 – SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, has been given an important role in the installation of a new plastics reprocessing plant by the leading Dutch waste management company, Attero.

SPIE is handling this project from a multi-technical perspective. The Group is responsible for the installation work relating to the construction and all the technical facilities of the plant, located in Wijster in the province of Drenthe (Northern Nederlands). The contract also covers SPIE's procurement, engineering and installation of a new medium-voltage system, including any adjustments required by the existing installation. Eventually, 25 people will be working in a five-shift service in the new plant whose surface will be 2550m2.

Involved in the construction plans, Rogier Paanakker, Business Unit Manager and Harry Blauw, Projectmanager at SPIE Nederland explain: “The European Union has awarded a subsidy for this unique and innovative project and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The big difference with existing plants is that the foils and plastic bags in the domestic waste stream are very intensively washed and processed to form a high-grade recyclable granulate. By launching this product on the market, Attero is contributing towards reducing the consumption of primary raw materials. The reduction, washing and granulation of this partial waste stream immediately after sorting generates substantial transport savings and cuts CO2 emissions.

Attero has been acquainted with SPIE’s expertise since 2015. That formed a good foundation for this project. “In addition, we put forward a sound plan, whereby, on the one hand, we focused on the technical content, thereby drawing on our expertise, and on the other hand, we paid particular attention to the management of this complex project”, says Rogier Paanakker.

SPIE has already started on the engineering. The technical work will begin in May. The installation has to be completed this year.



Pascal Omnès
Group Communications Director
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SPIE Nederland

Bianca Benard-Meyer
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