Two SRF deals struck for Staffordshire cement plant

Geocycle has secured two agreements for the delivery of solid recovered fuel (SRF) to the Lafarge Cement Cauldon plant in Staffordshire.

One of Geocycle's recent partnerships for supply of SRF is with Ellgia

Under the terms of the deal, both Ellgia and Enva will supply SRF to the plant through Geocycle, the waste and resources arm of plant operator Holcim.

The use of SRF to offset coal in the production of cement is said to be a cost-effective way to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Construction on the facility at Cauldon began last year, with a haulage and feeding platform for waste derived fuels, according to Enva. The facility is said to manage “significant quantities of treated high-specification fuel before dosing into the adjacent cement plant”.

Enva revealed it has started supplying SRF to support commissioning of the development, with volumes set to rise to contracted levels once it is complete.

Wayne Cornell, Enva’s operations director, commented: “We look forward to developing a long-term relationship with the team at Geocycle UK and Lafarge Cauldon based on the consistent provision of high-quality sustainable fuel. In doing so, we are confident that we will provide a highly efficient way to reduce waste to landfill and help Lafarge cut their carbon footprint and meet their environmental objectives and those of their customers.”

Enva added that it recently completed a £2m development of its SRF manufacturing line in Nottingham enabling the company to increase production by over 30%.

Ellgia

Another partnership will see Ellgia supply SRF into the Cauldon Cement Kiln facility on a long term contract.

Ellgia’s managing director, Jack Lavington, commented: “This is a really exciting opportunity for our business as we continue to grow and it’s testament to our Team in Scunthorpe that Geocycle have not only recognised but trusted our ability to supply a high quality energy from waste fuel into their production facility.”

Suppliers

When asked about other planned partnerships, Andrew Whyatt, head of Geocycle UK, said: “We will end up with a small group of carefully selected supply partners to provide both security of supply, but also the optimal mix of SRF to reduce the plant’s carbon emissions. The site will be able to accept close to 100,000 tonnes of material when fully operational”.

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