New Waste To “High-Specification Fuel” Facility Opens

SUEZ-CemezA new facility that will supply the CEMEX Rugby Cement Plant with a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels for the next 25 years has been opened. 

The SRF facility, owned and operated by international recycling and waste management company SUEZ, will supply the UK’s largest cement kiln – located in Rugby – with a direct replacement for fossil fuel, manufactured using nothing but regionally-sourced rubbish from across Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and the wider Midlands Area.

The fuel, known as Climafuel®, replaces traditional coal as an energy supply and SUEZ will supply CEMEX with a total of up to 240,000 tonnes of the fuel every year to help meet the significant energy needs of the CEMEX plant and improve its environmental performance.

 “At present, SUEZ is investing considerably in infrastructure to produce sustainable industrial fuels in the United Kingdom. With the 240,000 tonnes of SRF produced by this site, the Group now supplies 1.1m tonnes of SRF worldwide”

The Rugby Solid Recovered Fuel Facility will produce up to 200,000 tonnes annually for the CEMEX Rugby Cement Plant, with the balance of around 40,000 tonnes produced from SUEZ’s SRF plant in Landor Street in nearby Birmingham.

The Rugby Solid Recovered Fuel Facility was built as part of a 25-year contract between SUEZ and CEMEX, signed in 2012 and understood to be the first of its kind with this duration in the UK outside of the PFI mechanism.

Through the partnership between the two companies, SUEZ leased land opposite the kiln from CEMEX in 2013, and construction of the £18m fuel facility began in 2014. The commissioning of the process equipment took place earlier this year.

The SRF facility can process up to 300,000 tonnes of residual waste each year and around 70 per cent of the input material comes from businesses in the region, while the remaining 30 per cent is household waste, much of it originating from Northamptonshire County Council.

The majority of this waste would otherwise be destined for landfill but the SRF manufacturing process enables SUEZ to extract recyclable materials, such as plastics, card and metals, which any other way would be too contaminated to viably recycle.

Jean-Marc Boursier, senior executive vice president of SUEZ in charge of the Recycling and Waste Recovery division for Europe, said: “At present, SUEZ is investing considerably in infrastructure to produce sustainable industrial fuels in the United Kingdom. With the 240,000 tonnes of SRF produced by this site, the Group now supplies 1.1m tonnes of SRF worldwide.

“This solution gives us the ability to extract recyclable materials that would otherwise have been lost, and provides CEMEX with a sustainable, long-term alternative to fossil fuel. This inauguration is a symbol of our commitment to the production of renewable energy fuels. Our customers can use the SRF to further develop energy reuse. The use of this energy offers numerous advantages, because it is renewable, transportable, abundant and economically attractive. This partnership is an excellent example of circular economics and local re-valorisation circuits, a key part of COP 21.”


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