Aug 18, 2011: Tour of Burnaby Convania Renewable Energy Facility

TOUR OF THE BURNABY COVANIA RENEWABLE (WASTE TO ENERGY) FACILITY 5150 RIVERBEND DRIVE

BURNABY, B.C.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 2011               

TAILGATE COFFEE / MUFFINS 09:30 AM

TOUR 10:00 AM

REGISTRATION: LIMITED TO 30

MEMBERS ONLY    COST $20

ORGANIZED BY BOB NUGENT

The Burnaby Covanta Renewable Energy Facility, the only such site in the province, began serving the Metro Vancouver region in 1988. The facility is located in the commercial / industrial srea of South Burnaby (south of  Marine Way) and processes approximately 20% of the Lower Mainland’s garbage.

Approximately 280,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste is converted into 900,000 tonnes of steam and 25 MW of electricity.  A portion of the steam is sold to a nearby paper recycling facility, helping eliminate the use of fossil fuels.  Steam and electricity sales offset operational costs. Strict control over combustion conditions minimizes the amount of emissions.  In addition, approximately $1,000,000 worth of metals is recovered annually. This facility produces electricity with less environmental impact than almost any other source of electricity. For every tone of processed waste, one barrel of oil or one-quarter ton of coal is saved.

The tour will begin in the board room (two sequential groups of 15 individuals) where the operation of the facility is explained by a guide on a TV monitor. You will have to sign a release form. You will then be provided with a helmet, protective goggles and earplugs (the latter needed on one small part of the tour).  Good walking shoes are needed. The tour will consist of travel outside the plant and a more detailed walk through the inside of the facility. There is one set of stairs to be climbed. You will take an elevator up to the crane operator’s site where you will see the giant cranes scooping up the waste and loading it into the furnace chutes. The highlight of the tour is the operation centre where trained personnel will explain the computerized monitoring of the system.

The tour of the facility will last approximately one hour 15 minutes to one hour and a half.

You may register in one of three ways: using Probus on-line Website and Pay Pal; at the Activities desk next Probus meeting or by sending payment (made out to Probus Club of Vancouver) to Bill Robertson 3711 Puget Drive, Vancouver, B.C.  V6L 2T8 604-269-0745

For more information or questions re the tour contact Bob Nugent at 604-264-7763.

 

SEE OTHER ATTACHMENT FOR MAP AND DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO GET TO THE COVANTA BURNABY RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY.

You may register in one of three ways: using Probus on-line website and Pay/Pal (see button below);

at the Activities desk at the next meeting or by sending a cheque payable to Probus Club Vancouver to Bill Robertson – 3711 Puget Drive, Vancouver,B.C. V6L 2T8. Contact Bob Nugent at (604)264-7763 for information.
DIRECTIONS:
FROM THE INTERSECTION OF BOUNDARY AND MARINE WAY
Drive East for 4.2 km
Turn right at North Fraser (traffic signs also show it as Marshland Avenue)
Go straight ahead one (1) Block, turn left at Meadow Street
Drive 0.5 km on Meadow St Turn right onto Riverbend Drive
Follow Riverbend Drive for 1.1km – you will come to a dead end
Covanta Burnaby Renewable Energy Facility is on the left
PARK ON RIVERBEND ROAD – DO NOT ENTER THE COMPANY PARKING LOT
LOOK FOR THE PROBUS ACTIVITY MEMBER GUIDE

Directions to Covantia - click on image for a larger version

 

ATTENDEES BURNABY COVANIA RECYCLING CENTRE
Audette, Wayne
Badun, Walter
Carpenter, Brian
Carson, Richard
Collins, Jon
Cook, George
Dunsterville, Richard
Enns, Walter
Fitz-Clarke, Ted
Flavelle, George
Harrold, Craig
Hoeschen, Bernard
Hopkins, John
Jinks, Lionel
Jones, Don
Jolly, Braden
King, Michael
Lindsay, Hugh
Mackenzie, George
Nugent, Bob
Robertson, Bill
Rowe, Bernard
Scott, David
Swannel, Bob
Taylor George
Thornton, Nick
Webber, Orin
Wallinger, Tony
Yorsh, Ralph


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